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Liberia: President Weah declares Week of National Mourning

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His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah, has ordered a week of national mourning to begin on Sunday, January 7, 2024, as grim scenario reports from health officials reveal an increasing number of casualties from the Tuesday, December 26 tanker explosion in the Central Liberian town of Totota.

When a gas tanker became stranded after straying off the road, numerous residents attempted to collect its contents. Dr. Francis Kateh, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, stated that around 40 individuals perished in the immediate aftermath of the fulmination, while dozens more were brought to various hospitals across the country for treatment. The death toll is alleged to have grown as several people who suffered severe burns died as a result of their injuries.

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The Liberian President at the time offered his heartfelt condolences to the afflicted families and all those touched by the tragic occurrence, and urged the nation to unite behind them. He urged health officials to deploy all available resources, including increased staff and equipment, to deal with the growing number of wounded persons.

The President termed the photographs from the tragedy “deeply disturbing,” and urged the grieving families to find comfort in the Lord.

During this time, all prelates and places of worship are invited to continue to pray for the grieving families and the injured.

During the week of national mourning, President Weah has also ordered that all flags on public buildings be flown at half-mast.

APO Group distributed on behalf of the Republic of Liberia: Executive Mansion.

 

 

 

 

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