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Fuel tanker crash in Congo kills at least 39 - health ministry

2018-10-08 07:41
At least 39 people were killed and more than 80 suffered serious burns after a fuel tanker collided with a vehicle in Democratic Republic of Congo on Oct. 6, the country's minister of health said. The accident took place on the night of Oct. 5 to Saturday in the village of Mbuta, about 130 km (80 miles) from the capital. An earlier announcement from a regional official had put the number of dead at around 50 with another 100 suffering serious burns. The health ministry said twenty people died on the site and another 19 died in hospital. Roads in the central African nation are notoriously bad after years of war and neglect. President Joseph Kabila announced three days of national mourning in honour of the victims and their families. Credit: Reuter