Saturday, 21 July 2012

Abuloma Jetty Explosion, 30 Feared Dead in Port Harcourt

An alleged faulty fuel tank was said to have exploded while it was being fixed, resulting to an explosion that might have claimed the life of thirty people on board a vessel at the Abuloma Jetty in PH. The exact number of people on the vessel is still not certain.200712N.-burning-vessel.jpg - 200712N.-burning-vessel.jpg

Another tragedy struck Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital Friday, as multiple fire incidents and explosion wrecked havoc in four different locations in the city.
A vessel went up in flames at the Abuloma Jetty. The resultant explosion sent shivers down the spine of residents of the area as about 30 persons onboard were feared dead.
The exact number of persons onboard the vessel could not be determined, but it was leant that crew members, welders who came to carry out maintenance work on the vessel and some ladies suspected to be students from higher institutions in the state were among those who lost their lives in the inferno.
Also, an early morning fire gutted the premises of two media outfits; the Rivers State Newspapers Corporation, publishers of The Tide group of newspapers, and the Silverbird’s 93.7 Rhythm FM radio station in Port Harcourt.
This came as the Joint Taskforce (JTF), known as the Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta set five tankers used for illegal bunkering on fire along the Eneka-Igwuruta road in the city.
In the vessel incident, THISDAY gathered that three persons who managed to jump into the river were rescued and were rushed to the hospital by an ambulance belonging to the Rivers State government, although they were still unconscious.

Culled from ThisDay Online
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