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31 Oct 2020 | 10:41 AM UTC

Iraq: Pipeline explosion near Samawah (Al Muthanna governorate) kills two, injuries dozens on October 30

Iraq News Alert

Pipeline explosion near Samawah (Al Muthanna governorate) kills two, injuries dozens on October 30; incident under investigation

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Samawah, Muthanna province

Event

A gas pipeline exploded in Samawah (Al Muthanna governorate) on Friday, October 30, killing at least two people and injuring more than 50 others. Firefighters have since contained the fire after shutting down the supply to the pipeline. Energy officials stated that the domestic line transports gas from southern oil fields to feed power stations in some southern cities and a key power station near Baghdad. Authorities have yet to report on why the explosion occurred, although they have stated that the pipeline passes near a known militia force camp near Samawah. 

Localized disruption is to be expected in the area over the coming hours.  

Advice

Individuals in the Samawah area are advised to monitor developments, keep battery-operated devices fully charged, as able, and refrain from strenuous outdoor activity amid high temperatures.

 

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