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Mass burials take place in Sange after tanker fire

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Mass burials take place in Sange after tanker fire
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A little over a day ago, Sange was a thriving village. Now there are only mass graves.

Officials say at least 230 people died here in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a fuel tanker crashed and exploded.

The main task now is identifying and burying the dead.

“The driver lost control and the lorry flipped over and petrol started to leak out. It caught fire and the people inside the cinema were trapped.”, said a local police official.

Eyewitnesses say some of those who died were trying to collect the spilled fuel for themselves.

The UN says 196 people were injured. Aid workers have been called in to help with emergency treatment.

Like millions across Africa, people in Sange had gathered to watch Ghana, their continent’s last remaining team in the World Cup, play Uruguay in the quarterfinals.

Many have no electricity at home, so makeshift cinema halls are the only way they can see the football.