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Kenya: more than 100 deaths during a pipeline explosion in Nairobi.


Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, according to police.

“We are putting the number of dead at over 100, we are waiting for body bags to put the victims into,” said Thomas Atuti, area police commander.

Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya

Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya

 

The explosion took place in Nairobi’s Lunga Lunga industrial area, which is surrounded by the densely packed tin-shack housing of the Sinai slum.

“There had been a leak in the fuel pipline earlier, and people were going to collect the fuel that was coming out,” said Joseph Mwego, a resident.

“Then there was a loud bang, a big explosion, and smoke and fire burst up high.”

Many residents were caught up in the blaze, according to AFP.

Firefighters used chemical foam to try to stop the fire, while both police and soldiers roped off the area and pushed people back from the area.

Fuel leaks and oil tanker accidents in Africa often draw huge crowds scrambling to scoop fuel, resulting in many deaths due to accidental fires.

In 2009, 122 people were killed after a fire erupted while they were drawing fuel from an overturned tanker in western Kenya.