August 21, 1986: Hundreds gassed in Cameroon lake disaster

August 21st, 2006 by admin

At least 1,200 people are feared dead in Cameroon, West Africa, after a cloud of lethal gas escaped from a volcanic lake. The tragedy happened at Lake Nyos, about 200 miles (322 km) northwest of the capital, Yaoundé, during the night.

Most of the victims died in their sleep.

The gas killed all living things within a 15-mile (25km) radius of the lake, and the area is still highly contaminated. Read the complete article at BBC.