By: Earnest Jones | 06-25-2017 | News
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Pakistan Oil Tanker Explosion Kills at Least 120

Approximately 120 people died and 130 were injured when an oil tanker truck exploded in Bahawalpur city in eastern Pakistan. Mohammad Akhtar, a police official of the city of Bahawalpur told CNN that the unfortunate incident occurred when the truck fell off the road it was traveling on Sunday morning.

In what appeared to be an opportunity to the Villagers, they gathered around the vehicle to collect its oil in containers when the vehicle exploded, Akhtar said. Unfortunate, many were covered in oil and burned and an emergency had been declared in the city.

Salman Sufi Punjab, who is the government spokesman said that at least 120 people had been killed and 130 others injured in the explosion. Bahawalpur's Victoria Hospital said it was treating 40 of the injured, all of whom had suffered 70% burns.

Dr. Faqeer told CNN that an emergency has been declared in the hospital and that the doctors are treating the patients. At least 15 are critical at the moment. The Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief over the heavy loss of life.

Sharif has directed the 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.

A statement made by the Chief Minister of Punjab pointed out that an inquiry would be held into the incident. Shehbaz has expressed the deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in the tragic incident of the oil tanker near Ahmad Pur Sharqiyya Bahawalpur.

The Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff had directed the provision of full assistance to the civil administration in the relief effort, Armed Forces Spokesman Major General Asif Chafoor said on Twitter.

There were Army aviation helicopters that had been sent for the evacuation of casualties to hospitals and burn centers, Ghafoor said. He also revealed that hospitals had been placed on high alert.



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