Mozambique blast: Tragedy has knocked on our door, says President Nyusi

2016-11-18 12:39
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi arrives to attend the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Mozambican independence from Portugal at the Machava stadium in Maputo. (Adrien Barbier, 
AFP)

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi arrives to attend the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Mozambican independence from Portugal at the Machava stadium in Maputo. (Adrien Barbier, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The Mozambican president has pledged support for the families of 73 people, including children, who were killed when a fuel tanker exploded in northern Mozambique.

President Filipe Nyusi said on Friday that "tragedy has knocked on our door once again" in Tete province, where the accident happened on Thursday. Nyusi was recalling a 2015 incident in Tete in which about 70 people died after drinking contaminated beer.

Also read: At least 73 killed in tanker explosion in Mozambique 

Nyusi said aid efforts must be "flexible" following the tanker fire in the town of Caphiridzange, according to the Portuguese news agency Lusa. More than 100 people were injured.

The explosion happened after a truck driver stopped to sell fuel to residents who gathered around the vehicle, according to Radio Mozambique. A government task force headed to the scene and an investigation was underway.

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