SA embassy to help blast victims

2012-03-12 12:42

Johannesburg - The South African embassy in the Republic of Congo is ready to help South Africans affected by the recent munitions dump blasts in Brazzaville, the international relations and co-operations department said on Monday.

"The mission is assisting every South African who needs to come back home as in any country with a disaster of this magnitude," said spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

South Africans can approach the embassy if they need consular assistance after the blasts in the munitions dump on March 4, which killed over 200 people.

An electrical short circuit and fire at the dump, situated close to houses and schools, was powerful enough to destroy nearby buildings.

South African-based organisation Gift of the Givers said the thousands who were wounded sustained severe burns, and major trauma. Some had to have amputations.

"Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, represents a war zone with thousands of homes, businesses and two churches destroyed," according to a statement posted on the charity's Facebook page.

‘Walls caved in, roof collapsed’

Windows shattered four kilometres away and people were trapped under rubble. An initial aid package including tents, blankets, food, water, medicines, surgical supplies and new clothing was being organised by Gift of the Givers.

A team of rescuers and medical trauma experts would accompany the organisation to the site.

The Star reported that South African Judith Obambe had to flee her home with her daughters Genevieh, Kay-Lynne and Shawneleih.

"First the walls caved in around us. Then the roof collapsed," Obambe told the newspaper.

People were running in the streets screaming "bomb, bomb" and a man on a military bike warned them to run. When they returned to their home it had been destroyed.

They would go back to Cape Town while Obambe's husband Fulgence and their daughter Shawneleih will remain in Brazzaville to rebuild their life.

Associated Press reported that only 159 of the bodies were ready for a mass funeral on Sunday.

  • Fussed - 2012-03-12 13:24

    SA cant help its own population, but can help other countries. Charity starts at HOME.

      Tanie - 2012-03-12 13:57

      How do you people read what other people are reading? It shows that even in real life you are very ignorant and jump to criticise before you listen and understand what is said. They are talking about helping SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE IN CONGO, TJERRR!! SOME PEOPLE ARE DOM KRAAG.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-12 14:00

      help the famelys of farm murders...

      Tanie - 2012-03-12 14:10

      TJESES! another dumb fool, lindz learn to spell FAMILIES before you make us look like yourself. And you should be mastering it because it looks like MILIES that you spent the whole day irrigating. Come on FA-MILIES, repeat after me FA....

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-12 14:19

      jag ar ledson oom, mig engelska ar inte so bra. neem mijn niet kwalijk, ik ben afrikaans,sweeds en nederladns so mijn engels zijn niet echt goed. is this a news forum or a spelling bee?

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-12 14:36

      witty/oom kriel you always where a terrible troling racist!

  • sariena.robbertse - 2012-03-12 14:07

    What are they doing in an African country.?It's not much but stay here and take your chances

      Michael - 2012-03-12 15:31

      We are working, trying to make a living. is there something wrong with working in an African country? really what is your point?

      Ashuvha - 2012-03-12 15:39

      sariena dom South Africa is also an African country.

  • Mark - 2012-03-12 14:57

    Rubbish! The blast is a fabrication of the West to undermine the dignity of the African people. There is no crisis in the Congo and the citizens of South Africa should not be led astray by wicked rumour mongering! Let them stay there as an example to all right-thinking people.

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