International

50 killed, 100 suffer burns as oil tanker hits vehicle in DR Congo

The accident occurred on a highway linking capital Kinshasa to the country's sole port at Matadi on the Atlantic Ocean.

About 50 people died and 100 were burnt on Saturday after an oil tanker collided with a vehicle on an arterial highway in the west of DR Congo, the acting governor of the region said.

“We have about 50 dead and a 100 people have suffered second degree burns,” said Atou Matabuana, interim governor of the Kongo Central region, according to the actualite.cd website.

The accident occurred on a highway linking capital Kinshasa to the country's sole port at Matadi on the Atlantic Ocean.

It took place near the city of Kisantu, about 120 kilometres (100 miles) west of Kinshasa. The UN's Okapi radio said “the flames spread rapidly engulfing nearby houses.”

Overloaded trucks carrying goods as well as oil tankers regularly ply this highway.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 25, 2020 3:57:59 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/50-killed-100-burnt-in-oil-tanker-road-crash-in-dr-congo-official/article25144588.ece

Next Story