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Equatorial Guinea’s Explosions: Government Still Struggling to Reunite Families
Category :- News Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on March 16, 2021, 11:22 am
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It has been over a week since a series of explosions occurred in Bata, the largest city of Equatorial Guinea, causing thousands to flee with parents taking their path to safety and children on theirs. Reports show that there has been regular dialing traffic on various radio and television programs to track parents of lost children.

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While residents of the area of the incident in Bata are still in fear of the tragedy, the loss of lives that resulted from the incidents, many children are said to be in schools not knowing the whereabouts of their parents, death or alive. School institutions fear what they will have to do with these school children if in a long run their parents are not located.

 In the tragic results of the explosions, at least 105 people were killed and more than 600 others were injured. Meanwhile, public housing in the city was either destroyed completely or rendered almost useless.

Equatorial Guinea explosion

Declaring the area a catastrophe zone, the Government in Equatorial Guinea known for its reclusiveness disbursed 10 billion CFA francs or $18.19 million for the response. It equally appealed for international aid. Three days of national mourning was decreed from Wednesday, March 11th, 2021.

While Alfredo Okenve, a country’s human rights activist in Europe on exile claimed that corpses were kept in officials’ refrigerated containers, Virgilio Service, an official at the information ministry debunked the news. The explosion which lasted for hours on Sunday was fearful due to additional blasts, leaving residents in Bata in trauma. Psychiatrists and psychologists were reportedly deployed by the health ministry in the country, according to a tweet from the ministry.

Equatorial Guinea explosion

Spain sent emergency aid to its former colony which has since 1979 been ruled by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who is today Africa's longest-serving president.

Meantime, the government has blamed the cause of the explosions on fires set by farmers living near the military base.  The negligent of handling dynamite stocks by the military unit guarding them have equally been blamed for the widespread of explosions.

Equatorial Guinea explosions

As Firefighters continued the search for bodies, authorities have been appealing for donations of blood and basic goods to victims who are undergoing treatments in hospital in the country.

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