In pictures: the devastation caused by the explosions in Equatorial Guinea | Equatorial Guinea news

The death toll in a series of explosions in military barracks in Equatorial Guinea rose to 98 on Monday after volunteers searched the rubble for bodies.

At least 615 people were injured in Sunday’s explosions that were caused by a fire at the Nkoantoma military base in the coastal town of Bata.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema attributed the accident to negligence in handling dynamite and said the explosions damaged almost all homes and buildings in Bata, a town of just over 250,000 residents.

Equatorial Guinea’s health ministry posted on Twitter that it had prepared a mental health squad made up of psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses to deal with the victims of the blast.

“The damage is not only physical but also mental,” the ministry said.

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