As scores of death continued to rise, the nation mourns victims of the fire disaster caused as a result of fuel tanker explosion last Friday night 5th November, 2021 at PMB, Wellington, Freetown.
The fuel tanker is reported to have spilled fuel after the accident and people rushed to scoop fuel before the explosion which claimed many lives.
Some vehicles nearby got burnt and nobody escaped including a bus as corpses littered in gutters and the scene became chaotic and somber.
His Excellency the President,Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio said he is deeply disturbed and shocked by the tragic fires and the horrendous loss of lives around the Wellington PMB area on Friday night.
His Excellency sent profound sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones and those who have been maimed as a result.
He assured the nation that his Government will do everything to manage this tragedy and prevent future occurrences.
Also, Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh who visited Connaught and 34 hospitals late Friday night together with executives of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to sympathize with fire victims of the fuel tanker explosion at PMB Wellington registered government's commitment to work tirelessly to ensure they mobilized emergency response in the wake of the unfortunate incident.
“We are all deeply saddened by the national tragedy and it is indeed a difficult time for our country,” VP Juldeh stated.
Speaking at the scene at PMB Wellington, the Vice President informed the crowd that a total of Ninety-Seven (97) lost their lives whilst Ninety-three (93) people were admitted in Connaught and 34 hospitals respectively up to press time.
Meanwhile, President Bio cancelled his participation in the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Ghana on the political situation in Guinea and Mali to return home to lead the response.