Karachi: In yet another tragic incident, four people were killed and 15 were rushed to hospital after inhaling toxic gases emanating from a vegetable container in Pakistan’s port city Karachi. Reports claimed that the gas leaked when workers were unloading a chemical loaded container from a ship docked at the Kemari area of the Karachi port. Also Read - TikTok's Rival Mitron App is Not Indian But Pakistani? Real Owner Refutes Claims of it Being Developed by IIT Student
“The initial investigation showed that as soon as people from Jackson market opened the container fumes emanated from it and people had difficulty in breathing and lost consciousness,” DIG Sharjeel Kharal told reporters. Also Read - PIA Plane Crash: Rs 1.4 Crore in Cash Recovered From Wreckage of Aircraft
“They were taken to a nearby private hospital where four people died while 15 are under treatment,” Kharal said. He added that police have sought details of the cargo ship from the port authorities and the Pakistani navy. Besides, a high-level team has been formed to investigate the matter. Also Read - 'Should be Embarrased to Even Mention...' India Rubbishes Pakistan's Criticism Over Ram Temple
Meanwhile, chief of a private rescue service Faisal Edhi told media that rescue workers wearing gas masks rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and the injured to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Jinnah Hospital of the city. The chief feared that the death toll might further rise because several of the affected people are in serious condition at the hospitals.
Local media has claimed hundreds of people have run away from the affected area after the gas leak.
The cause of the gas leak is yet to be ascertained.