At least 123 burn to death in oil tanker fire in Pakistan

In Pakistan, at least 123 people were burnt to death as an oil tanker caught fire after it overturned in Bahawalpur’s Ahmedpur Sharqia today morning.

Around 40 people were reported injured and taken to Hospital in critical condition. ‘Rescue-1122 team’ Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer said most of those taken to the hospitals got 70 per cent burn injuries, while more deaths are feared. People in the area had gathered to collect fuel that was leaking from the oil tanker after it toppled over.

Eyewitnesses said some people in the vicinity were smoking cigarettes, which could have ignited the inferno. Rescue sources said dozens of vehicles, including 75 motorbikes and four cars, were engulfed in the blaze that erupted in Pul Paka near the National Highway, an area located in the middle of the city.

Most of the affected people were residents of the locality near by. According to the sources, identities of the deceased cannot be ascertained without obtaining their DNA sample, as their bodies were badly burnt in the incident.

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