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17 Sep, 2015

170 die in tanker blast

Transportation Disaster0 Comments

At least 170 people are killed killed and at least 50 people are injured after an oil tanker explodes close to the western border state some 250 km (155 miles) away from the capital. After the tanker veered off the road and overturned, local residents were siphoning off the fuel when the vehicle exploded. It is suspected that a cigarette might have sparked the explosion. Local hospitals have been overwhelmed, and state officials have appealed to the Red Cross and the UN for help. Doctors and medical staff are flying in from across the country to help with the emergency.

2 Aug, 2015

Becomes member


South Sudan becomes the Olympic movement’s 206th member, crossing the final hurdle to competing at the Rio games. The IOC approves the country’s National Olympic Committee. IOC president Bach says during the meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

With this recognition, we send a signal of hope to this young nation of South Sudan; a signal of hope because sport builds bridges between people and cultures.

IOC officials and South Sudanese representatives are seen wiping away tears during Sunday’s ceremony. South Sudan has seven recognized Olympic sports federations, including basketball, table tennis and athletics. The country needs five federations to be recognized, according to IOC requirements.