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At least 60 people died, 70 injured in fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania

The Morogoro region has never experienced a disaster of such magnitude, - local governor
16:55, 10 August 2019

East Africa Television

In Tanzania, at least 60 people died and 70 were injured in a fuel tanker explosion, as BBC reported.

"Police said people were trying to recover fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned on a major road sometime earlier when the blast happened. The incident occurred in Morogoro region, about 200 km (124 miles) west of the port city of Dar es Salaam," the outlet wrote. According to the police, many of the injured had suffered severe burns.

It is also noted that the death toll could rise. 

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"The situation is really bad. Many people died here, even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place," said eyewitness Daniel Ngogo, quoted by Reuters news agency.

"Videos circulating on social media showed the burned remains of dozens of young men, while footage from before the explosion showed a large crowd collecting liquid from puddles in jerry cans," The Guardian reported.

"The Morogoro region has never experienced a disaster of such magnitude," Morogoro Governor Stephen Kebwe told.

Morogoro city is located on a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port, the country's commercial capital.

Earlier today, an explosion occurred on the territory of the gas station in Ukraine's Zaporizhia this morning. As a result of the accident, one person was injured.

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