Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nigeria: Port Harcourt - 30 Feared Dead in Vessel Explosion As Fire Destroys Rhythm FM

Another tragedy struck Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital Friday, as multiple fire incidents and explosion wrecked havoc in four different locations in the city.

A vessel went up in flames at the Abuloma Jetty. The resultant explosion sent shivers down the spines of residents of the area as about 30 persons onboard were feared dead.

The exact number of persons onboard the vessel could not be determined, but it was leant that crew members, welders who came to carry out maintenance work on the vessel and some ladies suspected to be students from higher institutions in the state were among those who lost their lives in the inferno.

Also, an early morning fire gutted the premises of two media outfits; the Rivers State Newspapers Corporation, publishers of The Tide group of newspapers, and Silverbird's 93.7 Rhythm FM radio station in Port Harcourt.

This came as the Joint Taskforce (JTF), known as the Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, set five tankers used for illegal bunkering on fire along the Eneka-Igwuruta road in the city. Read More