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Twelve people were killed and 42 wounded yesterday in the Devessa region, 12 kilometres south of Quissico village, Zavala district, Inhambane province, when the bus they were travelling in caught fire after hitting a fixed obstacle.
The bus from Maputo was bound for Vila Nova de Mambone in Govuro. The police commander in Zavala, Joaquim Nguila, told Notícias that the accident happened when one of the front tires of the Nhancale bus burst. It then ran into several eucalyptus trees on the side of the road before catching fire.
Nguila said that 11 bodies were so badly burnt as to make identification difficult. Some of the injured were transported to the district hospital of Zavala and others to the Inhambane provincial hospital.
The You-Tong bus, registration ADD763 MC, was reduced to ashes due by the violence of the flames, which also foiled all attempts to rescue the passengers screaming desperately inside. Those who got out of the burning vehicle did so through the windows.
Zavala district authorities yesterday called on residents of central and northern Inhambane who had family members travelling to those parts of the province to get in touch if they did not reach their destination by early evening, in the hope of identifying some of the bodies.
This is the second fatal road accident in less than a month on the EN1 in the province.
Inhambane Governor Daniel Chapo has been urging institutions involved in monitoring the roads to step their action and demanding the immediate removal of all broken-down cars from the roadside.Source: Notícias