[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The newly appointed caretaker governor of Western Equatoria state Major General Patrick Zamoi issued a statement this morning declaring three days mourning for the victims of fuel Tanker in Maridi County. On Wednesday, a tank, which was faring fuel to Maridi, overturned and busted into flame killing several people who came to fetch leaking fuel.
According to governor Zamoi, the death toll has increased to more than 170 people.
The governor mentioned that volunteers were still collecting dead bodies and the number of the dead may rise to over 200. He said some people are being treated in the county hospital, but with many of them in critical conditions.
The governor appeals to the national and international aid agencies to intervene, as the situation was getting out of hand due to lack medical supplies and skilled staffs. He added that the number of victims, who have sustained serious injuries, is overwhelming. The local health staffs and poor facilities made the rescue and treatment difficult.
According to the eyewitness there, many bodies were lying on the ground burned beyond recognition.
Hundreds of residents had gathered around the tanker to collect fuel after it veered off road in Mambe junction, but fire erupted from unknown source burning several people to death.
“Most of injured people are women and children,” said Zamoi.
Addressing residents of Mairidi who are still scared by the devastating incident, the Caretaker Governor Zamoi called upon people to remain calm and unite as they mourn the deaths of their loves ones. He promised his government would investigate the incident.
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