At least 97 people were killed and many others injured after a massive fuel tanker explosion hit Tanzania’s eastern region of Morogoro, according to officials on Monday.

Aminiel Aligaesha, the Muhimbli National Hospitals spokesperson said that three more deaths were recorded on Sunday, bringing to 97 the number of deaths from the ghastly accident, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Aligaesha further said that 18 injured victims of the tragic accident that occurred on August 10 were still fighting for their lives at the hospital, Tanzania’s leading state-run medical referral facility in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“Doctors are fighting to save the lives of the 18 victims admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit,” Aligaesha added.

The explosion that killed over 60 on the spot in Morogoro region, located 200 kilometres west of Dar es Salaam.

Last week, 71 of the deceased were buried in a mass grave in the Morogoro region.

Most of the dead were reportedly trying to collect leaking petrol from the overturned fuel tanker before it exploded.

(With IANS inputs)