At least 92 people have died after an oil tanker collided with a bus and exploded as crowds gathered to collect the leaking fuel.
The explosion occurred in the early hours of a bus rammed into a tanker in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
The video showed a huge ball of fire burning in the night sky after the explosion, while some seriously injured people were moaning in pain.
The charred remains of the victims are scattered at the scene awaiting transportation to the mortuary.
Deputy Health Minister Amara Jambai told Reuters that more than 100 people had been admitted to hospitals and clinics across the capital.
It was told at the mortuary of Connaught Hospital that 92 bodies had been brought till Saturday morning.
According to staff, about 30 victims of severe burns were not expected to survive.
The victims included people who came to collect the fuel leaking from the broken vehicle, said the mayor of the port city, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer.
“We have found a lot of casualties, burnt bodies,” Brima Bureh Sese, head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said in a video of the scene shared online.
“It’s a terrible, terrible accident.”
Images shared widely online showed several badly burned victims lying on the streets as nearby shops and homes caught fire.
President Julius Mada Bio, who was in Scotland to attend UN climate talks on Saturday, expressed regret at the horrific loss of life.
He tweeted, “My deepest sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones and who have been crippled as a result.”
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