73 killed and scores injured in Mozambique truck blast

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MAPUTO: On Thursday at least 73 people were killed and many wounded when an oil tank truck burst into flames in a village in western Mozambique. State-run Radio Mocambique announced, citing authorities in Tete that, the death toll of the occurrence is now 73.

The government has also further conveyed in a statement that, the occurrence happened when citizens tried to take petrol from truck” in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, near Malawi.

The administration added that 110 people were wounded, some of them are serious. Children were there among the injured. The precise situation of the blast remained indistinct. Information ministry director Joao Manasses has conveyed that, authorities were trying to conclude whether the oil tank truck was selling petrol when it detonated, or whether it had been ambushed by occupants.

On Wednesday a local journalist told the truck had crashed and exploded on Thursday afternoon, as many people tried to draw off fuel. It has also further conveyed that, the administration “deplores the loss of life… and is presently providing the essential backing in order to save lives and to soothe the victims’ families.

On Friday three ministers were due to arrive at the scene in order to check the rescuers’ work. According to the International Monetary Fund, Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest nations and since its 16-year civil war concluded in 1992 its population has experienced the consequences of a terrible economic crisis.

The administration presently augmented the price of fuel, following the value of the local currency — named metical — sunk against the dollar. The southeast African nation is also experiencing a new political crisis, triggered by the former rebels’ decision in 2013 to go back to arms in order to push for a power-sharing deal with the administration.

The present unrest has pitted the so-called RENAMO rebel force against administration troops in the centre and the west of the nation. Among the provinces exaggerated by the violence has been Tete, where Thursday’s blast occurred, approaching thousands of people to flee across the border to neighbouring Malawi this year. Though many have returned, approximately 2,500 refugees from Mozambique still reside in Malawi.