Status: 07.03.2021 11:56 p.m.
At least 15 people were killed and 500 people injured in explosions in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. Further victims are feared because of the massive destruction.
According to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, at least 15 people were killed in a series of dynamite explosions at a military base in Equatorial Guinea. The number of people injured after the detonations in the city of Bata was also estimated at 500.
At least 15 dead and hundreds injured after explosion in a military complex
Topics of the day 10:45 p.m., 8.3.2021
In a statement, Obiang made negligence in handling the explosives responsible for the accident. Earlier media reports had mentioned at least 20 deaths. The broadcaster TVGE showed recordings of people being pulled from the rubble. Some of them were then covered with sheets.
Further casualties are feared due to the violence of the explosion.
Image: via REUTERS
Half-destroyed houses could be seen at the site of the explosion. Of many there were only a wall or two left. The Ministry of Health tweeted that local and medical workers were caring for the injured, but feared there might be more people beneath the rubble.
The broadcaster Radio Macuto announced on Twitter that people would be brought to safety within four kilometers of the city because of the potentially harmful gases.
Bata is the largest city in the oil and gas-rich country, but where the vast majority of the population lives in poverty. Of the country’s 1.4 million inhabitants, around 800,000 live in Bata. The city is on the mainland while the capital Malabo is on the island of Bioko.