BLASTS rocked the capital of the Republic of Congo yesterday after a weapons depot caught fire, killing at least 206 people.
Countless others were believed to be trapped underneath collapsed buildings, including a church.
A morgue in Brazzaville took in 136 bodies yesterday afternoon, as more continued to arrive. A local hospital reported at least 237 patients wounded in the blasts.
Didier Boutsindi of the presidential office said untold numbers of people were trapped in St Louis church, which collapsed.
He said others were killed in their homes as they slept.
Yesterday's blasts flattened buildings and shattered windows in the northern part of Brazzaville and sent more than 2,000 fleeing their homes, a witness said.
The explosions echoed across the Congo River to Kinshasa, the capital of neighbouring Congo, which is some six miles (10km) away. Residents in Brazzaville described the scene as "apocalyptic."(Bloomberg)