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Cameroon appeals for blood after deadly train crash

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Scene of Cameroon's deadly train crash
Scene of Cameroon's deadly train crash

Officials in Cameroon have called on the public to donate blood to assist with the treatment of 600 wounded people.

The 600 people sustained serious wounds as a result of a deadly train crash that occurred Friday, October 21, 2016 in that country.

Eleven more bodies were recovered Sunday, taking the death toll to 80.

One high-profile donor was France's Ambassador to Cameroon who donated blood and urged others to follow suit.

The passenger train was travelling from the Cameroonian Capital, Yaounde, to the port city of Douala when carriages flipped over at high speed.

President Paul Biya told State TV that the victims' medical costs would be paid for by the state.

He said an "in-depth inquiry" into the causes of the accident had been or-dered.

A day of mourning is being observed in the country with flags flying at half-mast, BBC Richard Onanena in Yaounde says.

Efforts are still underway at Yaoundé’s central hospital to identify some of the dead, our correspondent adds.

The wounded are being treated in hospitals in both Yaounde and Douala, the two main Cameroonian cities.

To cope with the emergency, at least 20,000 sachets of blood are needed, which officials hope to secure through the appeal.

"This is unprecedented and it came suddenly. Treating the wounded involves a considerable number of physicians," Vice-Chairman of the National Order of Physicians, Tetani Ekwe, told BBC Afrique.

"We can't afford to pay for the blood we need, so citizens have to donate their blood," Mr Ekwe added.

The National Order of Physicians has called on all medical professionals to go and offer their help at the hospitals, where the wounded have been taken.



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