Fuel Train in Malawi Looted Following Derailment

A freight train belonging to Central East Africa Railways (CEAR) overturned after it derailed near the Makata heavy industrial site in Blantyre, Malawi on 27 February. The train, comprising two locomotives and six wagons, was carrying fuel from Mozambique to Limbe when it detached upon reaching the Mudi Area.

Following the incident, locals from the surrounding community flocked to the scene and began looting the cargo with jerry cans and buckets in hand. According to CEAR, as much as 240,000 litres of fuel was lost in the accident. Police secured the scene shortly after the incident, dispersing community members.

CEAR communications manager, Chisomo Mwamadi, disclosed that the accident took place after the two locomotives disconnected, resulting in the wagons coming off the track. According to the company, the spillage was handled by the operator in collaboration with an environmental management team. No injuries were reported following the incident.

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