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Gas Explosion Deaths Hit 70 as President Declares Week of Mourning

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President George Weah has declared a week of national mourning, which started Sunday, January 7, 2024 as dire situation reports by health authorities emerge showing a growing number of fatalities from the Tuesday, December 26 tanker explosion in the Central Liberian town of Totota.

The incident happened when a gas tanker became trapped after veering off the road, and some locals attempted to scoop its contents.

Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh said about 40 people died in the immediate aftermath of the fulmination, while dozens more were taken to several hospitals around the country for treatment.

The number of deaths is said to have risen as many who sustained significant burns have unfortunately succumbed to their wounds.

About 70 people are now reported dead according to the World Health Organization Jan. 5 update.

The Liberian Leader at the time expressed his deepest sympathy to the affected families and all those impacted by the unfortunate incident while calling on the nation to rally around them.

He implored health authorities to use every available means at their disposal, including beefing up manpower and equipment in order to cope with the rising number of injured people.

The President described images from the incident as “deeply disturbing,” as he called on the bereaved families to take solace in the Lord.

All prelates and houses of worship are encouraged to continue to pray for the bereaved families and the injured during this period.

President Weah has also ordered that flags on all public buildings be flown at half-mast during the week of national mourning.
Sierra Leone Team

 A team of Medical practitioners  from Sierra Leone, has arrived in the Country to help  in the management of cases and resuscitation of those affected by the tanker explosion in Toyota, Bong County

The team headed by sierra Leone Deputy Minister for Health comprised plastic and burnt surgeons.

Receiving the delegation, Saturday in the border town of Jendema, Health. Minister Whilimina Jallah said the coming of the Sierra Lonean team is in the spirit of regional solidarity .

Minister Jallah said the Sierra Lonean team with working alongside with their Liberian counterparts to treat the victims.

Also speaking,  Sierra Leone  Deputy Minister for Health, Charles Senesie said his Country is glad to identify with Liberia in this troubling time of the Country history.

Meanwhile, the team came  along with some essential medical drugs and equipments to work with.


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