In, Nairobi a catastrophic gas explosion has left at least three dead and nearly three hundred injured.
The incident occurred in the Embakasi district when a gas-filled lorry exploded, creating a massive fireball that damaged homes, businesses, and vehicles.
Initial reports suggested a gas plant explosion, but authorities clarified that it was a truck in a parking yard. Among the casualties was a child, and at least 271 people were hospitalized, including 25 children.
“The inferno further damaged several vehicles and commercial properties, including many small and medium-sized businesses,” he said in a statement.
“Sadly, residential houses in the neighborhood also caught fire, with many residents still inside, as it was late at night.”
Nairobi’s Mayor Sakaja Johnson noted that some with critical injuries were transferred to other facilities.
The area is now sealed off, with an investigation underway, meanwhile, a search and rescue operation is ongoing.