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Scenes of devastation following an explosion in the Congo which killed over 150

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A man sits among the debris left by yesterday's explosion at the Mpila district of Brazzaville, March 5. The Congo issued a plea for international help Monday as soldiers began recovering bodies from an area devastated by huge explosions at a munitions depot that left more than 150 dead and 1,000 injured. President Denis Sassou Nguesso announced a curfew in the capital Brazzaville and set up an exclusion zone around the devastated eastern district of Mpila, following an emergency cabinet meeting in the early hours of the morning.

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Police and residents walk through the debris of the Lycee de la Revolution school near the military barracks in the Mpila district of Brazzaville, March 5.

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A calcinated tree stands on March 5 in the middle of homes devastated by a huge explosions at a munitions depot in the Mpila area Brazzaville. The government said an electrical short-circuit likely caused a fire, which triggered a series of blasts so powerful they devastated the surrounding area and blew out windows in Kinshasa, the capital of the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo situated across the Congo river.

When I saw these photos today, they looked a lot like the scenes in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky which were devastated by tornadoes. But this was a man-made disaster and the death toll is significantly higher, with some reporting the death toll as high as 200. Full story. 

Previously on PhotoBlog, the plume of smoke following the explosion.