Equatorial Guinea appeals for help following explosions

Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema [Photo: Getty Images]

8th Mar 2021 – The Equatorial Guinea government is appealing for international help, following a series of explosions that killed 15 persons and injured 500 others.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said the explosion was the result of negligence in handling of dynamite at the military barracks in the neighborhood of Mondong Nkuantoma in Bata.  

He said the impact had damaged almost all the buildings in the country’s main city, Bata.

Images on state television  showed people screaming and running through the streets surrounded by wreckage  and smoke, as wounded people were being carried to a hospital.

The Ministry of Health has urged volunteer health personnel to offer their services at the Bata Regional Hospital where most of the survivors are receiving treatment.

We ask for the contribution of blood donors,” wrote the health ministry on its Twitter page.

The regional Hospital has communicated that health workers and the fire brigade were providing care to victims and transferring those with serious injuries to hospitals.

It said health workers and the fire brigade were providing care to victims and transferring those with serious injuries to hospitals.

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