The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania on August 10 hit 100 on Wednesday after several victims perished from severe burns.
A spokesman for the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Aminiel Aligaesha, told reporters “two people died on Tuesday during the day, and another on Tuesday night”, bringing the total number of dead to 100.
Officials had put the tally at 95 on Sunday, and another two people were announced dead on Monday.
At least 30 of the victims died in the days after the accident, in which a fireball engulfed a crowd thronging to collect petrol from an overturned tanker near Morogoro, 200 kilometres west of Dar es Salaam.
Officials said the explosion was triggered when a man tried to take the truck’s battery, creating sparks that ignited the fuel.
A doctor at the hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that most of those who survived the initial blast had suffered burns on over 80 per cent of their body.
Many of the victims are motorbike taxi drivers who
rushed to the scene to try to siphon off leaking petrol.