The government of Kenya will pay families whose beloved ones perished or got injured in a fuel tanker tragedy on Saturday.
Each family will receive $500, said lawmaker Elisha Odhiambo.
At least 15 people were killed when a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire in Western Kenya on Saturday night.
The tanker collided with another vehicle along Kisumu-Busia highway before it overturned.
The locals rushed to the scene to siphon off fuel from the tanker.
“Members of the public took advantage and went to siphon the petrol as one compartment of the tanker was open. Another resident, realising the other compartment was closed and denying them the opportunity, hacked it open to enable them to siphon faster before the police could arrive. In the process, he caused the spark that ignited the fire,” said the area police boss Mosera Chacha.
Twenty-four others sustained serious injuries and are receiving treatment in different local health facilities.
MP Odhiambo said the government pathologist will help in the identification of the bodies. Reports seen by the Standard Gazette indicate that only three bodies have been identified.
Tankers exploding are not new in Kenya. In 2009 more than a hundred people were killed while trying to siphon fuel in Molo, 210.9km from Nairobi.
In 2011, almost 120 people from Nairobi’s slum of Sinai were burned to death by fire from an oil tanker that exploded.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.