Death toll rises to 26 in Gadani shipbreaking blast

Published: November 6, 2016

QUETTA: The death toll from the explosion and fire at Gadani shipbreaking yard last week has risen to 26, officials said Sunday.

More than 50 others were wounded in the incident when a gas cylinder exploded and started a fire inside an oil tanker at the yard in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

“Six more wounded from the Gadani shipyard have died, so the new toll is now 26,” Zulfiqar Hashmi, a local government official, told AFP.

In pictures: Gadani shipbreaking yard fire

“One person died at home after being discharged from hospital while five others expired in hospital,” he said.

Muhammad Hashim, commissioner of Kalat region of which Gadani is a part, confirmed the new toll.

All activities at the shipbreaking yard in Gadani have been banned and a probe is underway.

A high-level committee formed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in Karachi Saturday and said it would finalise a report within a week.

Firefighters struggle to douse Gadani ship blaze

Industrial accidents are becoming common in Pakistan, with workplaces often forgoing basic safety measures and equipment in the absence of legislation to protect labourers. A devastating fire at a textile factory in Karachi killed 255 people in 2012.

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