Brazzaville Explosions: 146 killed and 1500 wounded

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By Josephine Lukoya& Agencies

Wounded victim in Brazaville Blast(Photo AP)

Kishasa, DRC-One hundred forty-six deaths and 1500 injuries were recorded after the explosions Sunday, March 4 at the camp of the armored regiment Mpila, east of the Republic of Congo.

According to Government of Congo – Brazzaville spokesman, the government welcomed Okemi report giving this preliminary assessment, this series of five explosions were caused by a fire as a result of electrical short.

Independent sources from the city morgue Brazzaville contacted also argue the same figures indicating that a hundred bodies have been recorded up to 15 hours local.

For their part, diplomatic sources speak of 200 dead. They state that the dead are counted among the military and civilian people in the camp of the armored regiment Mpila, but also in its Neighborhood in popular areas such as: Yoro, Dredging and Wenze Manzanza.

The wounded are carried to hospitals for emergency care. Some sources speak of on-site nearly 1,000 injured, but the government takes stock of provisional 1500.

Emergency departments of hospitals are overwhelmed base to support the wounded. Among these hospitals, those of: Talangai and Makelekele.

The Central Hospital of the Armed, The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) in Brazzaville

Nearly 250 injured victims were recorded up to 15 hours at University Hospital (local). 150 others were interned at the military hospital and more than 300 admitted to the hospital of Makelekele. Other injuries are treated in private clinics in the city.

The head of the hospital Makelekele has launched a blood donation to save the wounded.

The explosions ceased shortly before noon, but the panic was still visible within the population of Brazzaville. The defense minister, Charles Zacharie had called calm.

He promised to initiate an investigation to determine the causes of these explosions. “Kinshasa is not affected by detonations heard from Congo – Brazzaville. It does not happen here. Some Kinshasa residents panicked believing that these explosions were from Kinshasa, “said Minister of Communications and Media, Lambert Mende Sunday said.

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