Death toll rises in Pak­istan ship­break­ing blast, hits 26

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

QUETTA The death toll from an ex­plo­sion and fire at a Pak­istan ship­break­ing yard last week has risen to 26, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. More than 50 oth­ers were wounded in the in­ci­dent when a gas cylin­der ex­ploded and started a fire in­side an oil tanker at the Gadani 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. “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.

Later, around 50 peo­ple blocked a high­way con­nect­ing Gadani to Karachi to protest what they said was in­suf­fi­cient care for those in­jured in the blast. They lay the body of one dead worker on the road and chanted slo­gans against the gov­ern­ment, de­mand­ing bet­ter med­i­cal care for the wounded and com­pen­sa­tion for the fam­i­lies of the dead.

Hashim said the gov­ern­ment was try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with the pro­test­ers and was work­ing to­wards fi­nal­iz­ing com­pen­sa­tion of­fers for the griev­ing rel­a­tives.

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