Mass Burial for Victims of Totota Fuel Tanker Explosion—As Death Toll Increases

Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Minister of Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Francis Kateh has disclosed to the media that more than 40 persons are reported dead following the explosion of a fuel tanker in Totota, Lower Bong County.

Late Tuesday evening, a gas tanker exploded into flames after it had reportedly fallen off the road.
Citizens had gone to the scene to collect gas from the fallen tanker when it gutted fire heavily, thus killing people and severely wounding several others.
Speaking in an interview with journalists at the Phebe Hospital on Today, December 27, 2023, Dr. Kateh said 83 patients were reported at the Phebe Referral Hospital last night, and of that amount, 3 are confirmed dead.

He said the death toll might increase following the completion of the ongoing house-to-house contact tracing.
He further said that the deceased were one woman, three children between the ages of 6-9 years.
According to Dr. Kateh, some of the victims who sustained major injuries are being transferred to different hospitals in Monrovia including, the JFK, 14-Military Hospital, Catholic Hospital, and ELWA Hospital among others.
Meanwhile, the interment or burial of those victims was done this afternoon in Lower Bong County, especially in Totota.
They were buried in a mass grave in the County.

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