Death Toll In Pakistan Oil Tanker Explosion Reaches 154

Mr Sharif visited the injured in Bahawalpur’s Victoria Hospital yesterday after flying home from a trip to London where he attended his grandson’s graduation ceremony. “Suddenly the tanker exploded and within seconds the fire erupted giving no chance to the people present there to leave the place”, Rifat said.Scores die while collecting fuel from vehicle that overturned and exploded on road near Bahawalpur in eastern Pakistan. Suddenly, fire broke out in the oil tanker and engulfed all people, engaged in collecting oil.”At least 123 people were killed before getting any medical help while the rescue officials shifted more than 100 injured to the district headquarters hospital and Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur where the condition of majority is critical”, Afzal said, adding some 50,000 litres of petrol spilled from the oil tanker. At least 40 among the injured are in critical condition, and the death toll is expected to rise.The truck driver survived the accident and was taken into police custody, he said. Ahmed said 50 more severely burned victims were being treated at his hospital.Dozens of grief-stricken relatives waited outside hospitals in Bahawalpur, the nearest major city to the disaster, to claim the bodies of their loved ones as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived to visit victims.Imran Shah, spokesman of Pakistan Motorway Police, said that initial investigation suggested that the fire broke out after someone on the spot lit a cigarette. Local news channels showed black smoke billowing skyward and scores of burned bodies, as well as rescue officials speeding the injured to hospital and army helicopters ferrying the wounded.”This is not compensation, no compensation is possible for precious human life, but it is to help the affected families in distress”, Sharif said.The flame was everywhere and it took more than 2 hours for firefighters to finally put down the fire. They will have to be identified through DNA.- 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 west of the capital Juba.”The spilt fuel caught fire, leading to the tanker’s explosion”, Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman for the rescue services, added.The death toll in Sunday’s oil tanker blast in northeastern Pakistan has shot up to 157 as 17 more people succumbed to their injuries at hospitals, officials and local media reported on Monday, the first day of Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan, Anadolu reported.