The death toll is rising in Kenya after a major fire near one of the country’s pipeline depot.  The full extend of the damage remains unknown, but the number of those killed by the fire or injured because of it has been steadily growing as news reports pour out the country every hour.

The fire occurred along the Lunga Lunga road in Nairobi’s Industrial Area. The pipeline is approximately one kilometer and runs through the Sinai slum. Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who visited the site, said the true tragedy was that it could have been avoided.

“Its unfair for people to die like this.”

While the Nairobi City Council firefighters were doing their bet to fight the blaze, word is they have reached out to private firm to help as well.

President Mwai Kibaki visited patients with severe burns at the country’s largest public hospital.

Police said some of the residents of the slum were killed while trying to scoop up the fuel from the burst pipe and from the sewer.

“The scene is bad, there is a large number of people burnt to death,” Owino said.

“There are many bodies, we are yet to count them. Sometimes poverty can push you to do very dangerous things.” 

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  • African Mami

    The deaths were driven by POVERTY! The leaders offering their condolences and talking about unfairness, is utter bullshit! Do something! These leaders are comfortable driving in the latest cars that are yet to be seen in America, paid for by the same poverty ridden people. What a shame! What a shame!

    This might be international news, but rest assured this shit is normal! We just sweep it under the rug.

    My condolences go out to all the affected families!

  • a daughter of Yemonja

    My love, positive thoughts and vibrations are with their families and the country as a whole as they deal with these deaths and the problem at hand.

  • Mya

    It’s interesting that an article that speaks of such tragedy can barely muster five comments, while people spend days arguing back and forth over superficcial things like relaxed vs natural hair. Do we really care that little about othe people?

    My prayers are with the affected families.

    • Bisous

      I was seriously about to write the same thing. It saddens me that we are more worried about the affairs of a couple who makes enough money to help eradicate the social problems in a country like Kenya, but when we get hard hitting impactful news like this NO ONE has an opinon. God be with the families who were affected by this horrible event. God cure the ignorance of those who would rather turn a blind eye to REAL problems.

    • Fox

      Sometimes the hair/weight/relationship obsessed readers will surprise you. Look at the gentrification article response and you might be surprised. I do agree that I thought there would be more comments on this.