Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
Oil tanker blaze 'kills 200' in eastern Congo

Previous article | Next
BBC News - July 3, 2010
Great Lakes - Kivu provinces

At least 200 people are feared dead after an oil tanker exploded and set fire to parts of a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The truck, travelling from Tanzania, overturned in the village of Sange near the country's eastern border.

The fuel oil spread through the village before exploding, AFP news agency said.

At least another 100 people are believed injured. The UN has corrected earlier reports that five peacekeepers had died and now says none were killed.

Such accidents are not uncommon in the region, and the death toll is often high because people try to collect spilled oil.

Vincent Kabanga, spokesman for the South Kivu regional government, said: "A tanker truck coming from Tanzania overturned in the village of Sange.

"There was a crush [of people] and a petrol leak, there was an explosion of fuel oil which spread through the village."

The village is about 70km (40 miles) south of the town of Bukavu in South Kivu, close to the border with Burundi.

'Excessive speed'

Congolese military sources and local Red Cross officials said the death toll could be more than 200 dead and more than 100 wounded.

A security source in the United Nations mission in DR Congo said there were "223 dead and 110 injured".

He told AFP: "What is certain is that the toll will get higher. It seems that what happened was truly horrible."

The search was continuing "for more charred bodies", the source added.

Dozens of homes, many built from earth and straw, were engulfed in the night-time fire.

It was unclear whether the truck exploded when it crashed or whether the blaze was started later.

Marcellin Cisambo, governor of South Kivu, told Reuters: "Some people were killed trying to steal the fuel, but most of the deaths were of people who were indoors watching the [World Cup] match.

A police officer based in Bukavu said the accident had been caused by the lorry's "excessive speed".

The officer, who did not give his name, said that many of the villagers who surrounded the vehicle before it exploded were children.

The village, which is home to many Congolese soldiers and their families, was "in total mourning", the officer added.


Related articles


  1. Jean-Pierre Bemba Returns to DR Congo (August 1, 2018)
  2. At least 30 dead after massacres in Ituri (March 2, 2018)
  3. Botswana Urges Joseph Kabila to Step Down (February 26, 2018)
  4. No elections in DR Congo in December without electronic voting machines: INEC (February 13, 2018)
  5. DR Congo reach final of African Nations Championship (February 3, 2016)
  6. Political tensions 'running high' in DR Congo ahead of 2016 elections (October 7, 2015)
  7. DRC Army Putting Pressure on FDLR (April 1, 2015)
  8. Police Open Fire on Crowd Protesting Election Law Change (January 19, 2015)
  9. 15 dead in football match stampede in Kinshasa (May 12, 2014)
  10. Security Council extends UN mission, intervention force in DR Congo for one year (March 28, 2014)
  11. Death toll in Lake Albert boat accident rises to 108 people (March 24, 2014)
  12. Kabila Congratulates Congo Army for Defeating M23 Rebels (October 30, 2013)
  13. Advancing Congo Troops Take Control of Rumangabo From M23 Rebels (October 28, 2013)
  14. Congo Army Liberates Rutshuru, Kiwanja and Kibumba From M23 Rebels (October 27, 2013)
  15. DR Congo Will Defend Itself Against an Attack by Rwanda, Government Says (August 31, 2013)
  16. M23 Rebels Fired Shells Into Rwanda, Not Congo Army, UN Says (August 30, 2013)
  17. U.S. Tells Rwanda to Remove Its Military Personel From Eastern Congo (July 23, 2013)
  18. M23 Rebels Kill, Rape Civilians in Eastern Congo: Human Rights Watch (July 22, 2013)
  19. Regional Leaders Sign DR Congo Peace Deal (February 24, 2013)
  20. UN Security Council Condemns Latest M23 Attacks, Extends Sanctions on Rebels (November 28, 2012)
  21. The M23 Rebels Want to Overthrow Kabila? Nonsense (November 28, 2012)
  22. Thousands of Women March Against M23 Rebels in Kinshasa (November 24, 2012)
  23. Protests Against M23 Rebels, Government and UN Spread (November 22, 2012)
  24. Thousands Protest M23 Capture of Goma, Turn on Government and UN (November 21, 2012)
  25. DR Congo Officials Vow to Defend Goma Against M23 Rebels (November 19, 2012)
  26. At high-level meeting, Ban urges political solution to crisis in eastern DR Congo (September 27, 2012)
  27. Rwanda Should Stop Aiding War Crimes Suspect Bosco Ntaganda: Human Rights Watch (June 4, 2012)
  28. ICC Prosecutor Seeks New Charges Against Ntaganda, FDLR Leader (May 14, 2012)
  29. Police Investigate Former Prime Minister for Corruption (May 14, 2012)
  30. TP Mazembe Reach Sixth Consecutive Champions League Group Stage (May 13, 2012)


Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio


Make CongoPlanet.com Your Home Page | Contact Us | About Us | ╔dition en Franšais | French Edition

© 2018 CongoPlanet.com. All rights reserved.