Three days after a deadly explosion at a munitions depot in the Republic of Congo left at least 246 people dead, authorities said Wednesday no coordinated rescue effort has been launched.
The blast destroyed two churches packed with worshippers as well as a hospital and several homes. Hundreds have fled their neighborhoods.
"The only rescue effort was by the people who lived here themselves, and who came back and dug out the bodies of their loved ones," said an army captain, who declined to be identified.
"I doubt that anyone is still alive, but if they are, they'll need to wait until we put out the fire because it's too dangerous. There are still unexploded ordinances," he said.
The London-based Mines Advisory Group told the Associated Press that while most of the resulting fires have been mostly contained, they likely won't be fully under control until Wednesday.