5 labour­ers die af­ter in­hal­ing chem­i­cal fumes

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

KARACHI—Five labour­ers in Karachi lost their lives on Sun­day af­ter they re­port­edly in­haled chem­i­cal fumes while try­ing to clean an un­der­ground tank at the fac­tory in Ko­rangi In­dus­trial area.

The bod­ies were taken to the Jin­nah Post­grad­u­ate Med­i­cal Cen­tre (JPMC) where Dr Seemi Ja­mali, head of the emer­gency de­part­ment, con­firmed the deaths.

Po­lice sealed the fac­tory, which be­longed to a pri­vately-owned com­pany, fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent and ar­rested the guard (chowki­dar) at the fac­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to work­ers at

the site, the owner of the fac­tory had called 11 labour­ers to clean the un­der­ground tank.

Six work­ers ini­tially en­tered the tank but they soon lost con­scious­ness due to the fumes. The work­ers were taken out of the tank and brought to the Jin­nah hos­pi­tal by rescue work­ers. Five of the work­ers were pro­nounced dead at the hos­pi­tal, while one was still un­der treat­ment.

Dr Ja­mali said that post­mortem would be con­ducted on the bod­ies at the hos­pi­tal af­ter which they will be able to as­cer­tain the ex­act chem­i­cal or gas which caused the deaths.

Po­lice said the fac­tory work­ers had not been given masks to pro­tect them­selves from the toxic fumes be­fore en­ter­ing the chem­i­cal tank.

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