Sinai fire photoblog

September 12, 2011 1:39 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 12 – More than 100 people were burnt to death in Nairobi’s Sinai slum after a pipeline burst into flames.

The explosion happened in Nairobi’s Lunga Lunga industrial area, which is surrounded by the densely packed tin-shack housing of the Sinai slum.

“There had been a leak in the fuel pipeline earlier, and people were going to collect the fuel that was coming out,” said Joseph Mwego, a resident.

“Then there was a loud bang, a big explosion, and smoke and fire burst up high.”

Many residents were caught up in the blaze, which started around 8.30am.

“I have never seen this in my life. I have seen women and children burnt like firewood. The very worst was a woman burned with her baby on her back,” a local resident Francis Muendo said.

Capital News Senior Reporter Bernard Momanyi and photojournalist Muthoni Njuki were on the ground and they filed these photos.




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