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Oil Pipeline Explosion Ignites Slum, More than 100 Feared Dead

TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- More than 100 people are feared burned to death in a massive fire that engulfed a crowded slum in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi.

Police say at least 80 people have been confirmed dead, but officials expect the toll to rise. An official from Kenyatta National Hospital tells ABC News that 112 people have been admitted so far with third degree burns, many of them children.

The hospital has issued an appeal for blankets and blood donations to help the injured.

The fire broke out in the Mukuru Sinai slum, located in Nairobi's industrial zone after an oil pipeline exploded.

Witnesses say the explosion happened after some of the dwellers rushed to drain off the spilling fuel from a burst pipeline, which runs through the area. Plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles as over-crowded shacks went up in flames. Police say the exact cause of the explosion remains unclear.

Two years ago, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper published a report warning of the possibility of a fatal fire in Sinai. The article said that even though Kenyan law requires at least 55 feet of each side of any pipeline to be clear, squatters were living on top of it.

Patrick Nyoike, an official from the ministry of Energy told The Nation at the time that it was working with the Kenya Pipeline Company to find funds to relocate people living in the immediate area.

Nyoike admitted then, however, that the risk remained grave.  Residents were not relocated and the area remained over- populated before today's inferno.

Witnesses said that some of the victims were caught in their houses located so close to the pipeline they had no chance to escape. The oil also flowed into a river running through the slum. Police said there are still bodies flowing in the murky waters, but can't be retrieved until the river is clear of the fuel.

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Egypt: Explosion Rocks Natural Gas Pipeline to Israel

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(NORTH SINAI, Egypt) -- An explosion at an Egyptian gas pipeline that carries supply to Israel and Jordan set off flames Saturday morning that could be seen from miles away.

Egyptian state television had no immediate word of injuries.

It is unclear who was behind the explosion, but state TV said authorities had shut down the flow of natural gas.

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Deadly Pipeline Explosion Rocks Central Mexican City

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- The death toll was rising late Sunday after a pipeline explosion in central Mexico. The number of dead was reported to be over two dozen, with dozens more hurt and at least 100 houses damaged in the early morning disaster. 

Officials believe thieves trying to steal oil tampered with the pipeline, lost control of the flow because of the high pressure in the line and oil was released into nearby streets in the city of San Martin Texmelucan. A spark set it aflame and the fire spread with a series of explosions. The blaze was under control by the middle of the day and the pipeline had been shut down. 

The pipeline is owned by the Mexican government oil company, Pemex, which has struggled with oil thefts in the past, losing a reported 10 percent of its product through pipeline such theft. 

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