Over 16 Dead, Including Minors In Gas Leak In South Africa; Rescue Op. Underway

In a shocking turn of development, at least 16 people including three children were killed after toxic gas leaked from a cylinder near Johannesburg, South Africa. As reported by Associated Press, eyewitness have claimed that death toll is expected to rise.

Reportedly search and rescue teams continue their operation as they fear extent of casualties.

Where did the incident take place?

The incident took place in the city of Boksburg on the eastern outskirts of Johannesburg. The area is reportedly linked with illegal mining which is rife as the region around Johannesburg is gold-rich.

What did that authorities say?

Emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi said that deaths were caused by a leak from a gas cylinder. “We can’t move anybody. The bodies are still where they are on the ground,” he added.

Willima Ntladi added. The officer further informed that the gas was being used by illegal miners to process inside a shack.

According to reports, three children killed were aged between 1, 6 and 15.

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