Deaths from Sierra Leone tanker blast rise to 144
Written by on November 13, 2021
November 13, 2021
FREETOWN (Reuters) – The death toll from a fuel tanker explosion in Sierra Leone’s capital on Nov. 5 has risen to 144 from a previous estimate of 115, health ministry data showed on Saturday.
The tanker exploded following a collision in a suburb of Freetown. Victims included people who had flocked to collect fuel leaking from the ruptured vehicle.
Fifty-seven people are still being treated in hospital of whom 11 remain in a critical condition, the ministry said.
(Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Daniel Wallis)