Scores died as a result of Gas explosion in Agbor
Friday, January 22nd was a normal day for residents around the Gas Station in when an explosion suddenly occured enveloping people in a ball of fire.
By the time the smoke and heat subsided, there was a massive ruin as people counted their losses. There was clear signs of desolation and destruction around the Gas Plant located along the ever busy Asaba-Benin Express way.
The inferno had consumed houses, cars, motorcycles and other properties as it raced through the area.
Reports indicate that the number of the dead as a result of the explosion is reportedly increasing by the day, a good number are still in critical condition in the hospital.
Mr Victor Oruakpor said life will never remain the same for him and his family as he lost two of his sons and mother to the gas fire disaster.
Some residents who narrated their experience said they made spirited efforts to put off the ravaging fire.
According to him, they noticed strong odours from the gas plant for over three hours before the fire disaster.
The Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Oil and Gas, Mrs. Gladys Puegeren who led some officials of the ministry for an on the spot assessment of the destruction, sympathized with the families of those who lost their loved ones, describing the incident as unfortunate.
Mrs. Puegeren said the DPR is the regulator of the sector who issues operating license to operators, while the State ministry of Oil and Gas carries out periodic monitoring.
Officials of Delta State Environmental Protection Agency led by the General Manager, Mr Victor Okolie were also on ground to assess the extent of damage.
Investigation reveal that houses over five hundred metres away from the plant were affected by fire while a nearby Palm plantation was also destroyed in the inferno.
A number of people are gradually picking their broken parts and returning to normal activities, but their are many who are in pain and shock and wish the they could bloat out what they refer to as one of the darkest days of their lives.