A whole lot extra had been injured within the blast, stretching the capability of Freetown’s well being service, which has suffered from years of underfunding and a fall in medical workers throughout the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic.
Blackened shells of vehicles nonetheless lay on the scene of the accident, and members of a household whose enterprise and home burnt down stated they’d been sleeping outdoors.
“Because the incident we’ve got not obtained any private assist but, (a) place to sleep, meals to eat, nothing like that but,” stated Mohamed Lamin Mansaray, the proprietor of Wellington bar and beverage store.
Mansaray stated he had informed folks to run away from his bar simply earlier than the tanker exploded, however one workers member was killed.
Comparable accidents with tanker vans have killed scores of individuals in sub-Saharan Africa in recent times, together with in Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo when folks gathered to gather spilled gas and had been hit by secondary blasts.
A funeral for victims of the explosion was attributable to be held on Friday afternoon in Freetown.