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Death toll rises to 193 in South Sudan fuel tanker explosion

21 September 2015

The governor of Western Equatoria state, Patrick Raphael Zamoi, said on September 19 that the death toll from the fuel tanker explosion three days earlier had claimed a total of 193 lives. Zamoi said the death toll would likely rise, as his figure only included those confimed dead on the spot or in hospital.

Hundreds of people had gathered to take petrol from a leaking tanker that had crashed outside Maridi town, west of the capital Juba, when the explosion happened.

Thirty new badly burned patients were sent to Maridi hospital, and two helicopters carrying a ton of supplies and another surgeon have been dispatched from Juba, according to Layal Horanieh of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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