Fuel tanker explosion kills scores in Tanzania

A curious onlooker at the scene of fuel tanker

A curious onlooker at the scene of fuel tanker explosion at Msamvu in Morogoro town

The incident happened at Morogoro, around 120 miles west of the capital Dar es Salaam.

Last month, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people were trying to gather fuel.

Al Jazeera's Raheela Mahomed reports.

Wilbrod Mutafungwa, the town's police commissioner, told reporters that work was ongoing to reach a "conclusive" number of those killed.

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There is limited awareness among many people about the danger from explosions of damaged fuel tankers, said Henry Bantu, a road safety expert who runs the Tanzania-based Safe Speed Foundation.

Firefighters try to extinguish a patrol tanker blaze, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Morogoro, Tanzania.

A video posted on social media showed dozens of people carrying yellow jerricans around the truck.

Bodies of those who succumbed have been moved to Morogoro Regional Hospital.

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EXPLOSION: Emergency services are dealing with the horror scene in Tanzania (Pic: TWITTER/EASTAFRICATV) "The situation is really bad".

Incidents of this nature are relatively common in parts of Africa where individuals are willing to take huge risks to remove fuel from vehicles and pipelines.

In May, more than 50 people died in Niger when a tanker exploded.

In May, a similar incident occurred in Niger just a short distance from the airport in the capital Niamey, leaving nearly 80 people dead.

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