Poisonous gas leak in Pak dock area claims six lives, toll to rise
About six persons lost their lives and 70 others fainted when an unidentified poisonous gas leaked from a container at a port in Karachi’s Kemari area in Pakistan on Sunday evening. The injured were immediately shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Kutiyana Memon Hospital, and Jinnah Hospital in Karachi. However, several others who complained of severe respiratory issues and stomach aches were given first aid and oxygen. Though, they were discharged after a few hours.
Sources said that the death toll is likely to increase as those who have been admitted to the hospital are said to be in serious condition. Meanwhile, commenting on the incident, the Chief Operation Officer of Ziauddin Hospital, Dr. Faheem said that the best possible treatment is being given to the affected persons admitted to the hospital.
Pak officials said that the consignment – which had some chemical to preserve vegetables – had come from Malaysia and investigations are on to understand the actual cause of the gas leak. Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Karachi Sharjeel Kharal said that the gas leaked when the workers were unloading a chemical loaded container from a ship docked at the of the Karachi port. Minister for Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Zaidi also visited the affected persons at the hospital.
After the leak, several workers who were working at the port fled the spot. Also, the Karachi Port Trust has restricted the arrival of ships at the port following the incident.