An estimated 300 people have been injured and an unknown number have died in a series of explosions in Equatorial Guinea’s commercial hub, Bata, the health ministry has said.
Images on social media show a huge plume of smoke hanging over the city.
State TV has shown people looking for survivors in the rubble, lifting up the blocks of collapsed buildings by hand.
The cause of the explosions is unclear but they came from an area near a military camp.
In a series of tweets, the health ministry has asked for volunteer health workers to go to Bata Regional Hospital. It has also asked for blood donations
⚠️Emergencia sanitaria en el barrio de Mondong Nkuantoma de Bata a raíz de fuertes explosiones en el cuartel militar ubicado en dicho barrio. Se estima que ha habido fallecidos y muchos desaparecidos bajo los escombros. pic.twitter.com/uxH3eg2N8j
— Guinea Salud (@GuineaSalud) March 7, 2021