According to authorities in Sierra Leone, at least 84 people have died in a devastating fuel explosion in the country’s capital, Freetown, on Friday, leaving many injured.
Mohamed Lamrane Bah, director of communications for Sierra Leone’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), told CNN that several people were also in critical condition following the explosion.
He added Authorities have transferred injured people to hospitals and collected the bodies, and the rescue effort at the scene has ended.
Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr said in a statement on Facebook that she was “saddened to hear about an explosion along Bai Bureh Road, Wellington, after a truck carrying fuel collided with another truck.”
Adding that “The video and photo footage making rounds on social media are harrowing.”
“My sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of the explosion. May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.
Journalist Umaru Fofana shared on his Facebook page that hundreds of mostly taxi drivers were busy scooping fuel when the explosion happened.