At least 170 people have been killed after an oil tanker exploded in South Sudan, officials say.
The tanker had veered off the road in Maridi, Western Equatoria state, and local residents were siphoning off the fuel when the vehicle exploded, they said.
At least 50 people are reported to have been injured.
Local hospitals have been overwhelmed, and state officials have appealed to the Red Cross and the UN for help.

Maradi county commissioner Wilson Thomas Yanga told the BBC that the death toll had risen to 176, and said officials feared the true number of wounded was not yet known as many may have fled the scene.


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