Death toll from Equatorial Guinea rises to 31

  08 March 2021    Read: 626
Death toll from Equatorial Guinea rises to 31

A series of explosions on Sunday in Equatorial Guinea is now known to have killed 31 people, officials say. The number of those injured rose to 600, AzVision.az reports citing BBC.

The blasts hit a military base in the country's main city, Bata. Officials blame badly stored dynamite along with stubble burning by nearby farmers.

Teams including volunteers continue to search the wreckage of buildings and homes for victims.

Three young children were found alive and taken to hospital.

Local media showed a row of covered bodies along a street.

There are fears the death toll could rise further as some victims may still be trapped.

Almost all buildings and homes in the city suffered "huge damage", President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said.

In a statement, President Obiang Nguema said the blasts had been caused "by the negligence of a unit charged with the care and protection of stores of dynamite and explosives" at the Nkoantoma military base.

He said the base had "caught fire due to neighbouring farmers clearing farming land by setting it alight, leading to the explosion". The president has appealed for international aid.


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