Hospitals on Monday struggled to deal with scores of severely burned victims of a gasoline tanker explosion that killed near one hundred sixty individuals in Bahawalpur, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew again from an abroad journey to go to the injured.
Dr Nahid Ahmed on the Nishter Hospital in Multan stated the demise toll has steadily been rising and reached 157 on Monday. He stated 50 extra severely burned victims have been being handled at his hospital.
Greater than 118 individuals have been injured within the explosion, which got here as individuals gathered to gather leaking gasoline after the tanker overturned on Sunday, authorities officers and rescue staff stated.
The catastrophe was one in every of a number of lethal occasions to mar the run-as much as the Eidul Fitr vacation. Near one hundred individuals have been killed in bombings in Quetta and Parachinar on Friday, which have been claimed by the Jamaatul Ahrar and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alimi, respectively.
A burst tyre apparently triggered the rushing gasoline tanker to overturn on a pointy bend on a freeway on the outskirts of the town of Bahawalpur, provincial spokesman Malik Muhammed Ahmed Khan stated.
It was not clear what triggered the fireball, however on Sunday, a spokesman for rescue providers stated somebody was believed to have lit a cigarette.
“Rehabilitation and remedy of the victims is our prime precedence,” Khan stated.
Hospitals are additionally arranging DNA testing to determine the various our bodies that have been charred past recognition. A minimum of 20 youngsters are among the many lifeless.
Most of the burn victims have been moved to Karachi and Lahore. Governments hospital are sometimes-underequipped, and those in Bahawalpur and close by Multan have been arrange solely to deal with small numbers, Khan stated.
The oil tanker driver, who survived, has been detained to help in an investigation, however early studies don’t point out human error, Khan stated.
He stated a separate investigation was underway to see why police didn’t disperse the crowds of people that gathered to gather gasoline.
“Police did attempt however we’re wanting into what went improper,” he stated.
Prime Minister Sharif visited the injured in Bahawalpur’s Victoria Hospital on Sunday after flying house from a visit to London.
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