At least 73 dead in explosion as people attempted to siphon fuel from overturned truck in Tete province
At least 73 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in Mozambique as they tried to siphon fuel from an overturned truck which exploded, the government said.
The truck was transporting fuel to Malawi from the port city of Beira on Thursday when the accident occurred, the government said in a statement.
The injured had been taken to hospital and a government team was due to travel to the area in Tete province, some 2,000km from the capital Maputo on Friday.
“Ambulances and medical personnel were deployed to the scene in order to assist the victims. The injured were evacuated to Tete hospital” around 90km away, it said.
Authorities were probing whether the truck was selling petrol when it exploded, or whether it had been ambushed by residents, said information ministry director João Manasses.
A local journalist reported that the truck had crashed on Wednesday and exploded on Thursday afternoon.
Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest nations, according to the International Monetary Fund, and since its civil war ended in 1992 its population has suffered a terrible economic crisis.
The government recently increased the price of fuel, after the value of the local currency – named metical – sunk against the dollar. – The Guardian