The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says mass burial plans for victims of an illegal refinery explosion in Abaeze, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government of Imo are well underway.
The death toll has now risen to 110, according to the agency.
Ifeanyi Nnaji, the agency’s acting head of the Imo/Abia operations office, revealed this while speaking to reporters.
He said that on Sunday, more remains were discovered in the Orashi River near the scene, and that other people died in hospitals, bringing the total number of casualties to around 100.
Since the event, emergency professionals in Imo, led by MNnaji, have been on the ground conducting rescue operations and evacuating deceased remains.
On Saturday, an illicit refinery in the Abaeze forest in the Ohaji/Egbema local government burst, killing over 100 persons.
Mr. Nnaji stated that the authorities had yet to determine what caused the incident.
“Those who should share the story and shed light on the incident have all passed on.” We haven’t gotten off the ground yet. “We will issue a report on the situation as soon as possible,” the NEMA director remarked.
Nnaji also urged the government to create an atmosphere that encourages genuine companies to thrive in Imo’s oil-producing areas, in order to deter youths from indulging in criminal enterprises.