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Death toll rises to 183 after South Sudan fuel tanker explosion

Published 18/09/2015 | 18:56

At least 60 people are unaccounted for after the explosion in South Sudan
At least 60 people are unaccounted for after the explosion in South Sudan

The death toll from a fuel tanker explosion in South Sudan has reached 183, officials said.

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Commissioner Wilson Thomas Yanga of Maridi County, in the state of Western Equatoria, said at least 60 more people are unaccounted for.

A tanker carrying petrol overturned on Wednesday outside Maridi and exploded shortly after hundreds of nearby villagers had gathered to siphon fuel.

Read more: 85 people killed in fuel tanker explosion in South Sudan

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the explosion was an accident caused by a cigarette.

Jan Wynands, a hospital doctor with the International Committee of the Red Cross, said there were 80 patients with burns covering over 50% of their bodies, but equipment is lacking.

Mr Wynands said he needs catheters, syringes, painkillers, and blades for surgery.

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