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Population to relocate from oil depot area

Cameroon's oil distribution company, Societe camerounaise des depots petroliers (SCDP), will relocate residents near its fuel storage facility in Nsam, close to the capital, Yaounde, the Panafrican News Agency (PANA) reported on Thursday.

The operation, being undertaken for reasons of public safety, will affect some 30 families to whom the company will pay a total of two billion francs CFA (US $2.8 million) in compensation.

The relocation, over 22 months, will cost the company 4.2 billion francs CFA (US $5.8 million). The Nsam depot, one of the three facilities run by SCDP in the Yaounde area, was damaged by an explosion caused when leaking tanks caught fire in 1998. PANA reported that 250 people who lived nearby died in that incident.

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