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Oil tanker flips and explodes, killing over 100 in Pakistan

At least 100 people have been killed in Pakistan after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames, according to reports.Bahawalpur Deputy Commissioner Rana Muhammad Saleem Afzal said that a Lahore-bound oil tanker was slipped from the road and overturned, causing the oil to leak from the tanker.Explaining that the nearest hospital does not have a burn unit, Hyder said the death toll is expected to rise. Over 120 people have been reported to be dead.Dr Rizwan Naseer, rescue services chief for the Punjab, the country’s second largest province, said numerous victims were beyond recognition and that the death toll was likely to rise.He says numerous bodies were burned beyond recognition and will have to be identified through DNA testing.The victims, mostly from the locality near by, had rushed to the site with utensils to collect oil spilling from the overturned tanker.The Army Aviation Helicopters have been sent to evacuate injured to burn centres and hospitals, Major General further stated.- September 16, 2015, South Sudan: At least 203 killed and 150 injured as people try to recover fuel from an oil tanker following a road accident at Maridi, about 300 kilometres (200 miles) west of the capital Juba.The villagers rushed to the scene with containers to collect oil, according to Mohammad Akhtar, a police official with the city of Bahawalpur, who told CNN.Those seriously injured in the explosion were airlifted to nearby hospitals by army helicopters.Pakistan Motorway Police spokesman Imran Shah explained that residents also ignored police warnings to stay away.Many people from nearby villages came on motorbikes to collect the oil spilled out from the capsized oil tanker after the incident occurred, eyewitnesses told media.At least six cars and 12 motorcycles were burnt in the blaze.Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa ordered the Army to assist the civil administration in the rescue effort.”The Prime Minister has directed provincial government to provide full medical assistance to the injured with burns.The Prime Minister has expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for the departed souls”.