Death Toll From Pakistan’s Tanker Fire Hits 154
Latest report said the death toll from the fuel tanker fire in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur (Punjab Province) has reached 154.
As many as 117 others were injured, Geo TV said on Sunday, citing local authorities.
According to the television channel, many of those injured are in critical condition.
Earlier reports put the death toll of the accident at 141. Sixty were reported to be injured.
The tragedy at the Ahmad Sharqia area of Bahawalpur in Pakistan occurred on Sunday as a crowd attempted to scoop fuel from a capsized oil tanker.
The tanker exploded.
Dozens of motorbikes and cars passing by were caught in the fire.
The dead bodies and injured were shifted to Victoria Hospital of Bahawalpur and emergency was declared in the hospital, said Pakistan’s The Nation newspaper.
The wards in the hospital were vacated for the injured.
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper said the fire brigade arrived on the site of the incident shortly after the blaze started and rescue operations were initiated.
Two fire engines battled the fire and eventually gained control over it.
At least six cars and 12 motorcycles were burnt in the blaze.
Czar Owolabi Marcus
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