A hospital nurse mentioned he had tended to ladies, males and youngsters with “critical accidents”. Photograph: AFP

Freetown: An enormous explosion at a petroleum station in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has killed 92 individuals, the nation’s vp mentioned on Saturday.

Hospitals have been treating 88 extra individuals for extreme burns, mentioned Vice-President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, who arrived on the scene on Saturday together with a number of native officers.

A rescue employee and a nurse had earlier confirmed no less than 80 deaths to AFP, with the nurse saying he had handled ladies, males and youngsters with “critical accidents”.

In accordance with witnesses, the blast occurred when a car caught fireplace at a petroleum station after a street accident.

The flames then unfold, burning individuals in vehicles and on roads close by.

Nearly all of the victims have been road distributors and motorcyclists, lots of whom have been caught within the blaze whereas making an attempt to retrieve gasoline, in line with volunteer employee Jusu Jacka Yorma who was on the scene.

Lots of of individuals gathered on Saturday morning, many trying to find lacking family members below the attention of safety forces.

According to witnesses, the blast happened when a vehicle caught fire at a petrol station after a road accident. Photo: AFP
In accordance with witnesses, the blast occurred when a car caught fireplace at a petroleum station after a street accident. Photograph: AFP

Video footage confirmed a burnt-out tanker and a truck, and the encompassing space affected by husks of automobiles, some nonetheless smouldering.

“Deeply disturbed by the tragic fires and the horrendous lack of life,” President Julius Maada Bio wrote on Twitter.

“My profound sympathies with households who’ve misplaced family members and people who have been maimed because of this. My authorities will do all the things to assist affected households.”

‘Harrowing’ footage

Freetown mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr mentioned she was “deeply saddened” to listen to concerning the explosion.

“The video and picture footage making rounds on social media are harrowing,” she wrote on Fb.

Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday morning, many searching for missing relatives. Photo: AFP
Lots of of individuals gathered on Saturday morning, many trying to find lacking family members. Photograph: AFP

“The extent of harm to property is unknown.”

Accidents involving petrol tankers have occurred earlier than in Sierra Leone, one of many poorest nations on the planet.

In different components of Africa, comparable incidents have additionally left many useless as individuals collect to gather leaking gasoline.

In 2009, greater than 100 individuals have been killed when a petroleum tanker overturned northwest of Kenyan capital Nairobi and an explosion burnt these gathering to try to seize a few of the gasoline.

At the least 100 individuals have been killed when a tanker exploded in Tanzania in 2019, whereas in 2015 greater than 200 perished in an identical accident in South Sudan.

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