The Imo State Government will conduct a mass burial for the victims of the Friday night explosion at an illegal refinery today April 25.
This is as the death toll rises to 110.
The incident reportedly happened Abaezi community in the Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area, Imo state.
The Head of Operations of the National Emergency Management Agency in the state, Ifeanyi Nnaji, said that the mass burial would be carried out by the state ministries of Petroleum Resources and Environment.
Nnaji, who described the scene as horrific, said the remains of the victims had been gathered and would be interred in a mass grave today.
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He said, “We could not have the mass burial today (Sunday). It could probably be tomorrow. I am waiting for signal from the state government to undertake the exercise.”
“The state Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Environment will carry out a mass burial for the victims because their remains are already decomposing.
“It is a large market involving people from all parts of the country; and since they burnt beyond recognition, it is very difficult to identify them. A family just came and saw one body, which they said resembled one of their own and they carried it for burial according to traditional rites.”