Equatorial Guinea authorities say a sequence of explosions at a army barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed no less than 15 individuals and wounded no less than 400 others
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — A sequence of explosions at a army barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed no less than 15 individuals and wounded greater than 400 others, authorities stated.
State tv TVGE learn out a press release from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema which stated the explosion was as a result of “negligent dealing with of dynamite” within the army barracks situated within the neighborhood of Mondong Nkuantoma in Bata. He stated that the explosion occurred at 4 p.m. native time.
“The affect of the explosion precipitated injury in nearly all the homes and buildings in Bata,” the president stated within the assertion, which was in Spanish.
Well being officers stated that they believed there have been individuals lacking in buildings broken by the blast.
There have been some discrepancies with the demise toll, with TVGE reporting 20 useless, a Well being Ministry tweet saying 17 have been killed and the president’s assertion mentioning 15.
State tv confirmed an enormous plume of smoke rising above the explosion website as crowds fled, with many individuals crying out “we don’t know what occurred, however it’s all destroyed.”
Photographs on native media seen by The Related Press present individuals screaming and crying operating by means of the streets amid particles and smoke. Roofs of homes have been ripped off and wounded individuals have been being carried right into a hospital.
The blasts have been a shock for the oil wealthy Central African nation. International Minister Simeón Oyono Esono Angue met with international ambassadors and requested for support.
“It’s important for us to ask our brother international locations for his or her help on this lamentable state of affairs since we’ve a well being emergency (resulting from COVID-19) and the tragedy in Bata,” he stated.
A health care provider calling into TVGE, who glided by his first identify, Florentino, stated the state of affairs was a “second of disaster” and that the hospitals have been overcrowded. He stated a sports activities heart arrange for COVID-19 sufferers could be used to obtain minor circumstances.
Radio station, Radio Macuto, stated on Twitter that folks have been being evacuated inside 4 kilometers of the town as a result of the fumes may be dangerous.
Following the blast, the Spanish Embassy in Equatorial Guinea really helpful on Twitter that “Spanish nationals keep of their properties.”
A earlier model of this story was corrected to indicate that state tv is TVGE, not TGVE.