Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Dead in Pakistan Oil Tanker Fire

An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday killing people who had rushed to the scene of the highway acciden Dead in Pakistan Oil Tanker Fire
Nellie Chapman | 27 June, 2017, 07:55

Ahmed said 50 more severely burned victims were being treated at his hospital.

The explosion killed at least 150 people including children as they were gathering to collect the leaking fuel from the truck.

In this photo released by the Inter Services Public Relation Department, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, Army soldiers transport a burn victim from Sunday's fuel tanker fire Monday, June 26, 2017, in Lahore, Pakistan.

It wasn't long until the local villagers started to gather alongside the highway with empty cans, jars, and all sorts of containers in order to collect the fuel that was leaking from the crashed oil tanker.

It is still unclear how the fire started, and until investigations are completed, it would not be right to assume the cause.

A senior rescue official in the area said the death toll could rise further as dozens are still in critical condition.

People with severe burns were being sent to other cities because the hospital lacked facilities to treat so many patients at the same time, he said.

Mumtaz Mai, a 40-year-old widow who lived with her two nephews, was beating her chest and screaming after both were killed in the fire.

The PM said all of the injured as well as heirs of the deceased persons of oil tanker incident will be provided with jobs.

The health minister of Punjab province, Khawaja Imran Nazir, said at least 153 people had died. A large crowd of people gathered at the scene when it caught fire and exploded, rescue workers said, adding about 80 people had been injured.

Dozens of villagers and relatives of the victims looked on from nearby farms, many of them weeping.

Pakistani officials on Monday increased the death toll to 157.

"We knew it was unsafe", he said, "and if there were more cars and bikes, the casualties would have been much higher".

The accident forced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to cut short a private visit to Britain, the Journal said, adding that he was expected to return to Pakistan Sunday night.

Eid al-Fitr, a normally joyous occasion, marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror.

Earlier today, Commissioner Bahawalpur Saqib Zafar gave briefing to the Prime Minister here the Circuit House where Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif was also present.

Initial reports are attributing the explosion to a cigarette that was lit near the incident, allegedly sparking the fire.

Officials said numerous victims were beyond recognition and that DNA tests were being carried out to identify the dead, adding that the number of fatalities was likely to rise.