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Pakistan oil tanker fire: Death toll rises to 219; 34 still undergoing treatment

Islamabad: The death toll in June's oil tanker explosion in Pakistan's Punjab province has climbed to 219, officials said.

Pakistani rescue worker and hospital staff transport a victim of oil tanker explosion at a hospital in Multan, Pakistan. AP

File image of rescue workers and hospital staff transporting a victim of oil tanker explosion to a hospital in Multan, Pakistan. AP

The number of deaths in the 25 June explosion rose after a victim died at a hospital on Monday in Multan city, the News International reported on Tuesday.

At least 34 injured persons are still undergoing treatment at different hospitals.

Meanwhile, relatives of several victims of the tragedy claimed that the cheques issued to them by the district government on the order of Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif had bounced.

The relatives' claim was denied by the officials.

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

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.

Updated Date: Jul 11, 2017 14:47 PM

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