Gas Explosion at Unlicensed Plant Kills Three and Injures 280 in Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya – A devastating gas explosion at an unlicensed cooking gas-filling plant in Nairobi has left three people dead and over 280 others injured. The explosion, which occurred in the Embakasi district, was caused by a truck carrying gas that blew up, unleashing a massive blast that shook the neighborhood.
Video footage of the explosion quickly circulated on social media platforms, raising concerns about the authenticity of the incident. However, CNN cannot independently verify the videos’ accuracy. Despite this, residents have reported severe damage to residential buildings, businesses, and cars as a result of the blast and subsequent fire.
Efforts were immediately launched to provide assistance to the injured victims. They were swiftly transported to various hospitals for treatment, while psychosocial counseling services have been made available to those traumatized by the horrific incident.
Authorities have been quick to respond to the needs of the affected residents. Shelter, food, and blankets are being provided to those who lost their homes in the explosion. The government is working closely with the Red Cross to offer rent assistance to individuals whose houses were destroyed, easing their burden during this difficult time.
In a bid to prioritize the safety and well-being of the affected families, Nairobi’s governor has taken measures to provide shelter within the nearby County Hall. This move aims to ensure that those who have lost everything have a place to stay until they can rebuild their lives.
However, alarming revelations have come to light regarding the cooking gas filling plant. The Energy and Petroleum Regulation Authority of Kenya confirmed that the facility was operating without a license. Moreover, it had previously faced rejected construction permit applications due to significant safety concerns, exacerbated by the high population density in the surrounding area.
As investigations into the deadly explosion continue, questions are being raised about the lack of enforcement and supervision of unlicensed plants. Efforts to hold those responsible accountable are underway, as authorities seek to prevent such tragedies from recurring in the future.
This devastating incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to safety regulations and ensuring that all necessary permits are obtained before operating potentially hazardous facilities. The government and relevant authorities are working tirelessly to provide support to the affected residents and prevent similar incidents in the future, as the community mourns the lives lost and rebuilds their shattered lives.