Many of the victim of the tanker explosion in Congo last were innocent children watching a soccer match at a theater.
Fuel distribution in Congo is hazardous at best. In central Congo, independent dealers are every where. However, most of fuel being distributed is diesel. And fuel is most distributed in 55-gallon drums.
The Democratic Republic of Congo risks another fuel explosion like that which killed some 230 people at the weekend unless it boosts safety in the chaotic east and south of the country, a sector expert said on Monday.
More than 60 children, many of them watching football in makeshift cinema halls, were among those killed in the blast after an oil tanker toppled, and leaking petrol later ignited with the force equivalent to 343 kg (756 lb) of dynamite.
"It can easily happen again unless the government tightens safety measures," Alain Ilunga, deputy CEO of Congo's fuel distribution company SEP Congo, a joint venture with Total, told Reuters on Monday.