DR Congo: 50 killed, 100 burnt in fuel tanker crash

Around 50 people have been killed and another 100 suffered serious burns after a fuel tanker collided with a vehicle in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a regional official says.

The deputy governor of Kongo Central province, Atou Matubuana Nkuluki, said authorities were doing what they could to help victims of the crash in the village of Mbuta, about 130 kilometers from the capital.

“We are mourning the death of about 50 people. There are also about 100 people with second-degree burns,” he said.

Roads in the central African nation are notoriously bad after years of war and neglect.

In 2010, at least 230 people were killed in Congo when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.

By Audrey Lumu

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