DR Congo president declares 2-day mourning for oil tanker explosion victims

07:49, July 06, 2010      

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The national flags of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) are at half-mast to mourn for the people who died in the oil tanker explosion, in Kinshasa, the DR Congo, July 5, 2010. The DR Congo is in a two-day national mourning period starting on July 5 in memory of those who died in the oil tanker explosion on July 2 at Sange Village in South-Kivu province. The latest statistics shows 232 people were killed and 195 injured in the tragedy. (Xinhua/Shu Shi)

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila Kabange declared a two-day national mourning period starting Monday in memory of the people who died in the oil tanker explosion on Friday at Sange in South- Kivu province.

The president asked the government to take care of all those who were injured and to ensure that such an accident does not occur again.

He took the opportunity to deliver, on behalf of all the Congolese, a heartfelt message of condolence to all the people who lost their beloved ones, assuring them of national solidarity during this mourning period.

On Friday July 2, an oil tanker coming from Tanzania overturned at Sange, about 70 km south of Bukavu, close to a market center where people had gathered to watch a FIFA World Cup match.

According to the chief of Sange village and the police, the fuel started spilling out and a crowd gathered around the tanker. Villagers started drawing the fuel despite warnings from the peace keepers about the danger.

One hour later, a strong explosion was heard and the tanker caught fire, which spread to a distance of over 100 meters, burning everything on its way especially the cinema halls where people were watching the match between Brazil and Netherlands.

At least 232 people were killed and some 200 were injured.


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