Gadani ship blast: Death toll rises to 26

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Five workers die as Shipbreaking catches fire in Gadani

LASBELA, Nov 06 (APP): Death toll from gas cylinder blast and fire took
place at an abandoned ship at Gadani ship breaking yard in Gadani area of Lasbela district has risen to 26 after three more laborers suffered to their burn wounds on Sunday.
The district management has confirmed that three more laborers have died of their burn injuries. “Three more laborers have succumbed to their burn wounds on Sunday and death toll from Gadani ship blasts and fire has risen to 26,” said, Deputy Commissioner, Lasbela district, Syed Zulfiqar Shah while talking to journalists. He said that one laborer who was discharged from hospital succumbed to his burn wounds at his house while two others died at hospital.
Over 50 laborers suffered burn wounds were admitted to hospital in
Karachi, he said.
He said that activities of dismantling abandoned ships at Gadani
ship breaking yard have been stopped and an inquiry committee has been formed on the directives of federal and provincial governments to conduct probe into the incident.
It is recalled here that gas cylinder blasts took place at the ship few
days back when over 100 laborers were engaged in dismantling abandoned ship brought at Gadani ship breaking yard. Huge fire erupted soon after the gas cylinder explosion as a quantity of oil was present in the fuel tanker of the ship.
The committee has been probing into the incident. Further probe was
underway.