Fuel truck en route to Malawi explodes in Tete, 73 dead

At least 73 were killed and another 110  including children suffered severe burns when a fuel tanker  which was carrying petrol from Mozambie to Malawi  as some people were trying to siphon petrol  in Tete province.

Fuel tanker exploded killing 73 people

Fuel tanker exploded killing 73 people

A report monitored by Nyasa Times on Radio Mozambique said dozens of charred bodies were scattered around the blast site in the town of Caphiridzange in Tete province.

Mozambique government officials believed more bodies might be in surrounding woods,. Some badly burned people had tried to run into a nearby river, the radio said.

A truck driver from Malawi (whose identity has not been independently verified)  had turned off the main road to sell fuel to local residents, who were gathered around the vehicle when the fuel caught fire, according to Radio Mozambique.

Government of Mozambique issued a statement which said: “The incident occurred when citizens tried to take petrol from a truck. Because of the heat, the truck burst into flames, leading to the deaths of 43 people [the initial death toll] and causing burns in 110 others, according to investigators’ initial findings. Ambulances and medical personnel were deployed to the scene in order to assist the victims. The injured were evacuated to Tetehospital.”

Medical teams rushed to the scene of the accident, evacuating the injured in ambulances and other vehicles. Searchers looked for more victims, though their efforts were hampered as night fell.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

Citing Mozambican reports, the Portuguese news agency Lusa said one theory was that a fire near the tanker set off the blast, while another theory pointed to a lightning strike as residents were collecting the fuel.

 

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6 thoughts on “Fuel truck en route to Malawi explodes in Tete, 73 dead”

  1. Geof says:

    sad news

  2. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    This is thefty, so why stealing mafuta, we know that tankers are highly flammable. with this you have to run after the tanker has capsised/ yachita ngozi according to one semi illiterate minister. The govts should warn all people against rushing to tankers after an accident, otherwise it has killed people in Congo, Uganda. and other. so the driver was bad together with some pelple

  3. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    “Do not wait for the last judgement. It takes place everyday.” – Albert Camus. Nanga inu . . .
    . . . What were [most of] these people doing, if not stealing?
    . . . You think this is the first time they were doing it?
    . . . Why didnt they sober up and realise that what they were doing is as dangerous as it is wrong?
    You see, if we ignore certain basic rules of life, we shall find the “art of living” to be very tough/hard/impossible.
    . . . If you live carelessly reckless, STI’s will certainly befriend you, sooner or later.
    . . . If you are caught stealing, you are beaten to death (or life), jailed, fired from work etc.
    . . . If you are caught cheating, you will be panel-beaten and/or will ruin your marriage/relationship.
    . . . If you dont prepare for an exam, you will fail.
    . . . et cetera, et cetera . . .
    Simply put, “As we sin; so do we suffer.” – The High Septon (Game of Thrones).
    ………………………………………………………………………..
    Yes, there are people who engage in evil (e.g. cashgaters) and seem to live comfortably, but I can promise you, thats just the outward look; but inside, is no peace and yet peace of mind is priceless. Some people give up their dear life (suicide) for want of peace.
    . . . Yes, some people would argue that not everybody believes in the existence of God hence hereafter or judgement day and thus can do as they please or engage in evil, willy-nilly.
    . . . But just come to think of it, “Would we rather live our life as if there is God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t God, and die to find out that there is”? – Albert Camus.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  4. Am getting confused, mukuti it caught fire after it overturned, pomweposo mukuti the driver was selling fuel and cos of heat, it caught fire!! Which is which?

  5. Zonse ndinthawi says:

    It’s bad news, may there souls rest in peace

    1. anonymous says:

      kwazekwanzima in this world;;;;kungenxa yamali njalo ngyakuzonda mali anyway akusenani may their soul rest in peaceJoin the discussion

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