News ID: 70047 |
Publish Date: 09:15 - 03 November 2016

Toll rises to 18 in Pakistan oil tanker fire

Pakistani firefighters were battling on Wednesday to douse a fire still raging more than a day after a series of explosions on a decommissioned oil tanker, with the death toll rising to 18, and more than 20 workers missing, officials said.

Toll rises to 18 in Pakistan oil tanker fireAccording to MANA, Tuesday's initial blast occurred as workers were welding near a fuel tank in a shipbreaking yard in Gaddani, 45 km (28 miles) northwest of the southern port city of Karachi, said Zulfiqar Bokhari, a local administration official.
At least 58 people were injured in the blasts, and between
20 and 25 people were still missing, he added.
Laborers in Gaddani often work in poor conditions without basic protective gear.
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