Number of victims of a truck explosion in Peru rises to 14

A police officer inspect the site of a gas truck explosion in the Villa Maria shantytown of Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. A cistern truck of natural gas exploded in this urban area of southern Lima, leaving two dead, about 50 people injured and at least a dozen homes burned. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 26, 2020, TASS. The death toll after the explosion of a tanker truck with gas on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital of Lima has risen to 14, the Andina news agency reported citing the country’s Ministry of Health, TASS reported.

Earlier it was reported about five dead and about 50 injured.

Currently, 48 people remain in hospitals with burns of different levels of severity. At least half of them are in critical condition, they have more than 50% of the body damaged by fire.

A tanker truck carrying 2,500 litres of liquefied gas exploded early Thursday, igniting a major fire that destroyed several houses and vehicles in the capital’s Villa El Salvador district.

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