Equatorial Guinea observes three day of national mourning

Equatorial Guinea has begun the observation of a three day of national mourning for those who were killed in the March 7 blasts, in the Nkoantoma district of Bata, the largest city and commercial capital of the country. At least 105 died and more than 600 others were wounded, while significant infrastructural damage also occurred throughout the city.

In a televised statement to the nation, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo blamed the explosions on neighbouring farmers clearing farming land by setting it alight, leading to the explosion of improperly stored munitions on the nearby military base,and said that almost all of the city’s buildings had suffered damage. In the same address, he also requested international assistance. In the immediate aftermath, Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue travelled to the site of the explosion to assess the situation.

On 9 March, the government declared Bata a catastrophic zone, and set up an initial emergency fund of 10,000,000,000 XAF (20,000,000 USD) to address the disaster.

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