Death toll in Mozambican tanker explosion rises to 80

The truck exploded last week killing 43 people instantly and injuring dozens more.

FILE: Several people were killed and more than 100 injured when a truck exploded in Mozambique on 17 November 2016. Picture:Tino Maluleka/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The death toll from the Mozambique petrol tanker explosion has risen to 80.

The truck exploded last week killing 43 people instantly and injuring dozens more.

The government says people had used hose pipes and jerry cans to collect petrol, which had also spilt around the
truck when the blaze erupted.

An inquiry has been launched into the cause of the blast.

Investigators are trying to ascertain whether the driver was selling petrol to locals, or whether he had in fact been ambushed by them.

They say they’re taking seriously the possibility that the explosion might have been caused by a lighting strike.

There’s no indication as to when investigators will make their findings known.