Sudan factory fire leaves 23 dead and 130 injured

At least 23 people died and more than 130 were injured in Sudan after a fire triggered an explosion at a factory in northern Khartoum on Tuesday last week, according to the state news agency, SUNA.

The incident happened while a tanker truck was offloading gas at a ceramics manufacturing company in an industrial area of the city, SUNA reported.

Sudan's Council of Ministers said it had set up a committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the fire and how such accidents could be prevented, the agency said.

The council also directed the Ministry of Health to launch a public appeal for blood donations for survivors in need of transfusions.

Casualties

The preliminary death toll from the fire was 15, according to the Sudanese Doctors’ Union, which called on colleagues off duty to rush to the hospitals to help.

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD), in a post in Arabic on Facebook, said that many of the wounded had been taken to hospitals in the capital for treatment.

CCSD, which recently led a protest movement calling for civilian rule in Sudan, pleaded with other health workers in Khartoum to prepare for more casualties as people were being evacuated from the scene of the accident.

Clips of the scene shared on social media showed fire and black smoke billowing from the factory as paramedics and rescue workers searched for victims and tried to extinguish the inferno.

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