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ShelterBox - Congo - Explosion - 2012

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has arrived in the Republic of the Congo's capital Brazzaville to assess the need for emergency humanitarian aid.


An arms depot exploded on the 8 March rocking the riverside city. It ripped apart the nearby neighbourhood Mpila, killing over 300 people and injuring 3,500 others. Houses near the disaster have been flattened displacing a further 14,000.


A short circuit was to blame for the fire that sparked several explosions, according to a government spokesperson, who also promised to move military barracks out of town as a result.


SRT members John Diksa (FR) and Nicolas Ducrocq (FR) are meeting with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Bolloré, a logistics company in Africa, to carry out a needs assessment and discuss logistics for a distribution plan.


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Date taken : 12.04.12


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Taken on April 7, 2012