Kisumu residents scramble for leaked oil


Kisumu residents scramble for oil that leaked from an illegal connection to KPC. Photo/ALLAN ...
Kisumu residents scramble for oil that leaked from an illegal connection to KPC. Photo/ALLAN OBIERO

In Summary

  • In one of the deadliest accidents in Kenya's history in 2009, dozens were killed and several others injured after hundreds of residents scrambled to collect oil.
  • 11 people were killed and 200 seriously injured when they scrambled to collect oil from an overturned tanker in Sachang'wan.

Kisumu residents were on Friday seen scrambling for oil after they found a leak from the Kenya Pipeline Corporation connection.

Police who arrived at the scene in Kibos area had trouble dispersing the crowd that had started building up.

“Following a suspected pipeline leak in Kisumu, KPC emergency team is currently undertaking the repairs. Stocks not affected,” KPC said in a tweet.

A tunnel approximately 50 metres long leading to the KPC line was discovered during the Friday incident.

In one of the deadliest accidents in Kenya’s history in 2009, dozens were killed and several others injured after hundreds of residents scrambled to collect oil.

11 people were killed and 200 seriously injured when they scrambled to collect oil from an overturned tanker in Sachang’wan.

“Burn victims attached to drips and moaning in pain lined the floors of hospitals yesterday, following one of the country’s deadliest accidents in recent memory,” The Telegraph report said.

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