Sierra Leoneans buried dozens of people in a tank truck explosion Monday that killed 115 people, according to a new death toll, prompting health officials to seek help from abroad to help hospitals.
Thousands of people gathered on the road as 85 bodies were taken to a cemetery on the outskirts of the capital.
Many victims of the Ebola virus that hit West Africa between 2014 and 2016 are buried there, especially in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, an AFP reporter said.
Another heavy truck collided head-on with a tanker truck at a gas station in the industrial area of Freetown on Friday, killing at least 115 people and injuring 91 others, some of them seriously, the National Food Management Agency said. Sheet.
The fire quickly spread to the neighborhood. Eyewitnesses said most of the victims were street vendors and motorcyclists caught in the fire as they tried to retrieve fuel from the crashed tanker.
At the funeral, President Julius Mata Bio said, “We are here today to pay our respects to our comrades who died tragically.
“May God grant them His grace, but we will examine the causes of the accident and prevent it from happening again,” he said.
“My family lost three people in the tanker explosion. At least I’m glad the government buried them decently,” said Katie Chase, a relative of the victims at the cemetery.
Authorities left relatives who wanted freedom to bury the dead.
Before the funeral, thousands of mourners gathered in the morgue of Connaught Hospital, where a large number of victims were admitted, with the unbearable smell of them saying goodbye to their loved ones and amidst an important safety device.
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Hospitals are overflowing due to the influx of injured people and the lack of adequate resources.
“We are in dire need of medical supplies for critical burns,” Dr Moses Batima, deputy director general of the Ministry of Health’s medical distribution agency, told AFP.
“We need infusion fluids, medical consumables, bandages and painkillers to heal wounds,” he said.
Hospital Services The World Health Organization (WHO) arrived at the airport on Monday with their reserves and equipment, and hospitals also benefited from donations, but that was not enough, he said.
“We call on the international community to assist with medical equipment for the most serious cases,” he said.
Dr Moses Batima said the hospital staff was “overstaffed” and assured that “some intensive care workers have been working continuously for three days”.
The names of the victims who were referred to other hospitals are pasted at the entrance of Connaught Hospital to help their families find them.
“We will examine the DNA of all the bodies before they are buried, so that the files of all the dead are there,” forensic officer Cinne Camara told AFP.
President Bio declared the first three days of national mourning on Sunday.
Sierra Leone, a former British colony with a population of 7.5 million, is one of the poorest countries on the planet, despite its diamond-rich soil.
Its economy, plagued by corruption, was devastated by the Civil War (1991-2002), which killed about 120,000 people. He was still struggling to recover from the Ebola outbreak when he was hit by Govt-19.