DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli has declared three days of national
mourning following an oil tanker explosion that killed over 60
people and injured 70 others in Morogoro on Saturday, said a
statement released early Sunday.
The statement by the
Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam said the three-day mourning
lasts from Saturday to Monday.
"During the mourning period, the national flag will fly at
half mast," said the statement, adding that the president will
send Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa to Morogoro to represent him
at the burial of the victims starting later on Sunday.
On Saturday night, police said the death toll has reached 64
from the oil tanker explosion in Morogoro, some 200 km west of
Dar es Salaam.
Wilbroad Mutafungwa, the Morogoro regional police commander,
said the number of deaths could rise further as most of the 70
injured persons were in critical condition.
An oil tanker overturned in Morogoro, the capital of the
Morogoro Region, early Saturday.
The explosion happened when people tried to scoop oil coming
out of the tanker, said Morogoro Regional Commissioner Stephen
Kenya leader mourns
victims of Tanzania fuel tanker tragedy
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday
mourned victims of the fuel tanker fire tragedy in Morogoro
town, in the neighboring country of Tanzania.
Kenyatta sent a message of condolence and comfort to the
families of the victims of the fuel tanker fire tragedy in which
at least 60 people were killed and 70 others injured on
In his condolence message released in Nairobi, Kenyatta said
it was unfortunate for the country to lose citizens in such an
He assured his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli of his
support and prayers as the country comes to terms with the
He also wished quick recovery to those who were injured in
the incident and admitted in various hospitals.
Saturday’s explosion happened when people tried to scoop fuel
coming out of the tanker which then burst into flames in an
incident similar to what happened at Sachangwan in Kenya’s
Nakuru County ten years ago.
Tanzanian authorities have expressed fears the number of
deaths could rise as some of the victims were critically burnt.
Namibia president offers
condolences to Tanzania after fuel tanker explosion
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibian president Hage Geingob on Saturday
extended his condolences to Tanzania following a fuel tanker
accident in Tanzania that claimed the lives of about 60 people,
and injured more than 70 people.
In a statement, Geingob said Southern African Development
Community (SADC) sympathizes and remains in solidarity with the
government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania
during this painful and sad moment.
"On behalf of the SADC member states and indeed on my own
behalf, we wish to express our deepest condolences to president
John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the government and the people of the
United Republic of Tanzania, and the families of the deceased.
This is a loss not only to Tanzania, but to the SADC region
as a whole," he said.
The explosion occurred on the outskirts of Morogoro, a town
about 200 km west of Dar es Salaam earlier on Saturday after a
crowd had gathered around the tanker, which had crashed.
Many of those killed and injured had been siphoning petrol
from the vehicle when it burst into flames, according to police
"We wish all Tanzanians courage and strength as the Country
faces this big loss.
"May I on behalf all SADC Member States convey our words of
sympathy and support to all the bereaved families, and may the
souls of the departed rest in eternal peace," Geingob said.