At least 60 people were killed after an overturned petrol tanker exploded in Tanzania’s Morogoro region, according to officials.

Seventy others were critically burned as they tried to scoop fuel leaking out of the tanker, said Stephen Kebwe, regional commissioner of Morogoro, 200 km from capital Dar es Salaam.

“We are in a horrible situation as rescuers, including soldiers from Tanzania People’s Defence Force, are at the scene trying to save the lives of the victims,” Kebwe told Xinhua news agency.

The number of deaths could rise as some of the injured were critical, said kebwe.

(With IANS inputs)