Pakistan oil tanker fire: Death toll jumps to 206; 125 bodies remain unidentified due to severe burns

Islamabad: The number of deaths caused by an explosion of a tanker loaded with petrol in Pakistan a week ago has climbed to 206, officials said.

Out of 206 bodies, 125 remain unidentified due to the serious burns following the 25 June, 2017 explosion, according to the latest data released on Monday by authorities of Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur in Punjab province, Efe news reported.

File image of Pakistani rescue worker and hospital staff transporting a victim of oil tanker explosion at a hospital in Multan. AP

File image of Pakistani rescue worker and hospital staff transporting a victim of oil tanker explosion at a hospital in Multan. AP

Another 65 people remain hospitalised, many of whom are in a serious condition.

Victoria Hospital spokesperson Amir Bukhari said that "almost all the 26 patients admitted in Lahore and Multan have more than 70 percent burns and have fewer chances of surviving.

"When there are more than 70 percent burns, then there are more chances of fatalities. Out of 26, 10 are in very critical condition at the moment," Bukhari said.

The accident occurred when a tanker loaded with gasoline overturned and spilt thousands of litres of fuel on a national highway.

According to preliminary investigations, dozens of residents from the neighbouring area, including women and children, came to the site to collect fuel before the tanker exploded.


Published Date: Jul 03, 2017 03:20 pm | Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 03:20 pm

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