…As Official says At least 104 drown in DR Congo boat accident***
A tanker laden with petrol, Thursday afternoon fell and caught fire, setting ablaze two persons, alongside four vehicles at Iwo road area of Ibadan.
An eye witnesses who simply identified himself as Rasaki said the tanker which was coming at a good speed was forced to apply the break after a reckless Micra taxi driver suddenly crossed the road.
“The tanker driver, not wanting to hit it and kill its passengers, swerved and applied the brake; but the heavy load on its back pulled it and he lost control. But once he hit ground, it’s content poured out, shortly after which a loud bang announced a fire; and then, everybody began to run!”
Another eye witness who put the event at 2.56pm said he saw the tanker which fell and spilled its content, razed no fewer than four vehicles.
“It happened suddenly. One man in that vehicle there jumped out, grabbed his wife by the hand; and when his wife who was still in shock to jump out dilly dallying, he grabbed his baby on her back and roughly yanked him off her back!
“The husband and the child escaped. But the fire caught the wife in the car and burnt her to death. It was too sudden. Nobody could do anything…”, he stated further, explaining how fast the fire leaped unto other vehicles.
Confirming the incident, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said two people lost their lives in the inferno.
Fadeyi also confirmed that four vehicles and two motorcycles which riders thought they could quickly manoeuvre their ways through rather than flee backwards, were also burnt.
Meanwhile, an official has indicated that at least, 104 people were killed, after a boat capsized on Lake Kivu in South Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), authorities confirmed on Thursday.
Only about 30 people were rescued.
During Thursday’s visit to the disaster zone, President Felix Tshisekedi met with the local authorities and families of victims that died during the boat tragedy.
According to the information given by the Kalehe territory administrator on the spot to the President, the boat from Goma initially transported 49 people and several goods.
It was during the several stops made by the canoe in some villages that the boat became overloaded with goods and people, according to Muamba Cibwabwa, the Administrator of the Territory of Kalehe.
The administrator has confirmed the death of 104 people out of 150 that boarded the canoe.
He added that about thirty people were rescued.
In the same report given to the president, the local authorities pointed out that the overweight and poor sailing conditions caused the tragedy.
Tshisekedi also decreed a day of national mourning for commemorating the victims, and several other safety measures and rules around the navigation on Lake Kivu including the wearing of vests for passengers.