July 9, 2020

The dead are raised to 23 by the fire of a factory in Khartoum

At least 23 people have died and more than 130 have been injured in the explosion on Tuesday of a tank truck in an industrial area east of Khartoum and the consequent fire in a factory, according to the latest victim count, according to the Council of Transitional Ministers of Sudan.

In a statement, the highest government body in the country reported that a tanker truck exploded when it discharged gas into underground tanks of the Salumi ceramic factory, generating a "big" fire and causing 23 dead and significant damage to the facilities of the factory.

More than 130 injured are admitted to six hospitals, and the Sudanese Ministry of Health has asked citizens to go to donate blood to help alleviate the situation, the note said.

According to the first investigations, the factory lacked adequate safety measures, which could have contributed to the spread of the fire.

The Khartoum State Police station had previously reported the large size of the fire after the explosion, which produced columns of black smoke and flames that could be seen from the center of the capital.

According to the police, the fire "caused panic" in the industrial zone, where there are other factories, which were evacuated in the midst of confusion.

The Central Committee of Physicians, a non-governmental union that brings together the professionals of the sector, appealed through social networks for health workers from neighboring towns to attend to the victims of the explosion.

In its statement, the Transitional Council of Ministers transferred its condolences to the families of the victims and wished for the rapid recovery of the injured, while announcing the formation of an investigative committee to determine who was responsible for the event.

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