QUETTA Five dead, 40 wounded in ship­break­ing ac­ci­dent

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AT least five peo­ple were killed and dozens wounded when a gas cylin­der ex­ploded and started a fire in­side an oil tanker be­ing bro­ken up for scrap in south­ern Pak­istan yes­ter­day, of­fi­cials said.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at the Gadani ship­break­ing yard in the south­west­ern prov­ince of Balochis­tan, some 50 kilo­me­tres (30 miles) west of Karachi.

“A gas cylin­der ex­plo­sion caused a huge fire in the ship which was be­ing dis­man­tled. Some 40 labour­ers sus­tained burns and at least five have been killed,” Balochis­tan home sec­re­tary Ak­bar Har­i­fal said, rul­ing out a de­lib­er­ate at­tack.

TV footage showed a thick plume of black smoke ris­ing from the ship, which re­mained ablaze as res­cue work­ers rushed to the scene.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif ex­pressed his “deep grief and sor­row” over the in­ci­dent.

In­dus­trial ac­ci­dents are com­mon in Pak­istan with work­places of­ten for­go­ing ba­sic safety mea­sures and equip­ment in the ab­sence of leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect the work­force.

A dev­as­tat­ing fire at a tex­tile fac­tory in Karachi killed 255 peo­ple in 2012. –

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