…As At least 55 killed, after fuel tanker truck explodes near crowd***
No fewer than 54 people were killed while 18 others were injured when a wildfire raged through a village in Northern South Sudan.
“The fire broke out in the village of Korok in Lol State on Sunday,’’ the state’s deputy governor, Mawein Akook, told dpa on Tuesday via telephone.
According to Akook, most residents were asleep when the fire burned down most huts in the village, and most victims were women, children and elderly people.
“No fewer than 14 people sustained first-degree burns,’’ the deputy governor added.
Farms and livestock were also destroyed in fire, while dozens of residents fled the area to neighbouring villages.
The cause of the fire remained unknown.
In the meantime, authorities in the West African nation of Niger say at least 55 people were killed after a tanker truck filled with fuel exploded near the country’s main airport.
President Issoufou Mahamadou called the explosion a “national tragedy” after visiting a hospital where dozens were wounded, some with serious burns. The death toll was expected to rise as doctors said some were in critical condition.
Authorities believe the explosion took place after the tanker truck flipped over near a gas station. A crowd of people came to try and collect the fuel that leaked out as a result of the accident.
Scores of people have died in similar accidents in West Africa as impoverished people risk their lives to collect fuel leaking from pipelines or trucks.
Additional report from Fox