Painful Times For Siaya Fuel Tanker Tragedy Victims' Families as Corpses' DNA Identification Starts


Death toll from the deadly fuel tanker accident in Siaya continued rising after two more died at the hospital, raising the fatality to 17 now.

Out of those dead, 13 were burnt beyond recognition, forcing experts to draw DNA samples from the beraeved family members and match them with those from the dead victims.

Grief-stricken families trooped to Yala sub-county hospital on Tuesday hoping that DNA matching would end their pain at least. About 50 family members had arrived at the hospital for DNA extraction.

Experts from the government chemist drew samples from the dead bodies as well as close family members who were struggling to come to terms with their beloved members' demise.

The tragedy occurred after a fuel tanker collided with a lorry ferrying milk at Malanga market, Gem Constituency, and burst into flames on Saturday.

Several maize farms were reduced to ashes by the fierce fire that was triggered by an explosion. Among the latest deaths is an expectant woman who succumbed while receiving medical attention at Siaya County Referral Hospital.

She had suffered 90% burns. Another victim, a man also died at the hospital. 22 others are still receiving medication, majority of whom have suffered 70% burns.

Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo was optimistic that the DNA results would be out soon to aid in burial arrangements. An inter-denominational prayer service will be held tomorrow in honor of the lost souls.


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