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At Least 220 Dead In Congo Oil Explosion

From an outraged Associated Press:

A similar burning tanker loaded with petroleum on the Lagos-Ibadan highway in Nigeria, where at least 13 people were killed and nine others suffered severe burns.

Congo: UN says at least 220 dead in oil explosion

By Patrice Citera And Todd Pitman, Associated Press Writers

July 3, 2010

KINSHASA, Congo – A fuel tanker flipped over and exploded into flames in eastern Congo overnight, killing at least 220 villagers and wounding more than 100 — many of whom had rushed to siphon leaking liquid from the vehicle illegally, the U.N. and local officials said Saturday.

The truck was transporting fuel when it overturned at high speed late Friday near the village of Sange, around 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of the town of Uvira near the Burundi border. Sange is located between Uvira and the Congolese provincial capital, Bukavu, further to the north.

After the accident, "people came out and tried to siphon the contents of the tanker," said Madnodje Mounoubai, a spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission, which has rushed troops to help evacuate survivors.

Because of their ‘addiction to oil.’

"A fire started, and the people trying to siphon the fuel were killed or injured," Mounoubai told The Associated Press. "Right now, we are talking about 220 dead and 111 wounded, but this is not the final toll. This is a very fluid situation."

Is this really a time for levity?

Mounoubai said a dozen homes in the vicinity had also been destroyed in the blaze. Most people in the area live in thatched huts made of dried leaves and hardened mud.

Which sounds like the domicile of Mr. Obama’s brother.

A U.N. helicopter has so far evacuated 35 wounded to Bukavu, Mounoubai said. Other peacekeepers were taking more wounded to nearby hospitals by ambulance.

Desire Yuma, a local Red Cross official in Bukavu, said Red Cross workers were still collecting charred bodies from the scene. The Red Cross put the toll slightly higher, at 221 dead and 214 injured, and said it was likely to rise…

Desperately poor people across Africa often descend quickly around damaged or disabled oil trucks leaking fuel on roads and highways, carting it away with plastic jugs, unaware of the danger of doing so.

The worst tragedies have occurred in the West African nation of Nigeria, where thousands have died as crowds siphoned fuel illegally from ruptured or pierced oil pipelines that subsequently exploded.

Just wait until all of our cars run on safe electricity — and pixie dust.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “At Least 220 Dead In Congo Oil Explosion”

  1. proreason says:

    Damn the luck.

    If only such an accident could happen here, than we would be magically wafted to a green future because the outraged public would demand that oil be banned immediately.

    Dying pelicans and a few thousand starving fishermen just aren’t compelling enough.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Clearly the dead Congoans are racists.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    It is all Bush’s fault…….to drive up gas prices here and fan the flames
    of hate against our oil dependency.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The worst tragedies have occurred in the West African nation of Nigeria, where thousands have died as crowds siphoned fuel illegally from ruptured or pierced oil pipelines that subsequently exploded.

    Here again is where the writers in the LSM display their ignorance of both physics and manufacturing.

    An “oil pipeline” is, in their eyes a generic term for any conveyance of fuel or….crude oil from which the fuel is made. They ignore, or are not aware of the cracking process and how oil is refined to make a usable substance. So any “oil pipeline” carries,. what I guess must be gasoline or kerosene. And I would bet that the people carting it away in plastic jugs are acutely aware of the dangers of doing so. Otherwise they wouldn’t risk their lives to get even the small amounts they get.

    This article is so pathetically slanted in an effort to somehow villain-ize…well…SOMEthing, that it’s just all over the place. The writers need to go back to school. But then, maybe that’s the problem.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    The ‘addiction’ phraseology traces directly back to the USSR and the Sovinformburo, the Soviet propaganda bureau designed to influence foreign nations.

    Why addiction? because one of the primary strategic goals of the Communist Internationale is to gain control of global energy resources. A tactic within that strategy was to get the useful idiots in America to go batshiat over our dominant energy source … oil and natural gas …. whittling away over decades to make us feel guilt for having abundant energy.

    The Soviets didn’t disband and go away … they changed their mufti and titles and are still hard at it.

  6. Chuckk says:

    Quick! Send a few billion dollars to the Congo so they can convert their economy to wind and solar power.

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