No less than 16 individuals – together with three youngsters – have died in South Africa attributable to a suspected fuel leak, police have mentioned.
The incident occurred within the district of Boksburg, close to the town of Johannesburg, in keeping with the South African Police Companies.
Police mentioned two individuals have been additionally taken to the hospital for remedy.
Native officers mentioned that as many as 24 individuals had died – although it wasn’t instantly clear why there was a discrepancy within the loss of life toll.
A spokesperson for the native catastrophe and emergency administration providers, William Ntladi, instructed state broadcaster SABC: « For now the quantity [of fatalities] is 24.
« As soon as the scene unfolds all through the evening we’ll include actual numbers when it comes to fatalities and when it comes to the casualties which have been hospitalised. »
Mr Ntladi mentioned ladies and kids have been believed to be among the many lifeless.
A search operation was underway. Groups have been searching for casualties in a 100-metre radius across the sources of the leak.
Native studies mentioned the incident might have been linked to suspected unlawful mining actions, however Mr Ntladi mentioned it was not but recognized.
« Whether or not the unlawful miners are among the many deceased, that’s not but recognized, » Mr Ntladi mentioned.
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