Gas tanker death toll rises
Lima – The death toll from the explosion of a gas tanker in Lima last month has risen to 30, Peru’s ministry of health said.
Two women and a man were the most recent to succumb to burns from a fireball that occurred when the tanker truck, carrying 10 000l of liquefied gas, exploded on 23 January.
Initially only two people were killed and 50 injured, but the death toll has continued to rise due to the severity of their burns.
Investigators believed the explosion was caused when a fuel hose became detached as the truck passed over a speed bump.
It ignited a major fire that destroyed several houses and vehicles in the capital’s Villa El Salvador district.