A sad incident happens in Pakistan just a few days before the Eid. Pakistan’s prime minister was on a trip abroad and he cut short a trip to rush to the side of the victims who was died and injured because of a massive fuel tanker fire. The authorities raised the death toll from the blaze to 157. This is the latest news which is revealed on Monday by the authorities.
The fuel truck was carrying 25, 000 (6,600 gallons) of fuel, and was traveling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, which is the Punjab provincial capital. And that was a tragic moment when the driver lost control over the truck and crashed on the highway outside the town of Bahawalpur early on Sunday.
The announcement was alerted over the loudspeaker of the mosque that a fuel tanker was leaking fuel, so the villagers rushed to that area to collect fuel and the tragic moment happened when the blaze ignited. People were burned due to high flames and they started crying from terror and pain.
The Nishter Hospital in the city of Multan is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away from the site of the fire (Bahawalpur). The first four victims died overnight that were brought from Bahawalpur. According to the latest updates the death toll reached to 157. Mohammad Baqar who is the rescue official said at the Bahawalpur hospital that 20 more victims were transported by military C-130 plane to Lahore for better treatment on Monday.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif visited the Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur on Monday. He ordered that who are the critically hurt must be transferred to the bigger hospitals. He consoles with the affected families and also announced 2 million rupees as financial help for each family that had lost the family member in this accident. He gave checks to the burned victim of 1 million rupees at the Bahawalpur hospital.
He said that “This is not compensation, no compensation is possible for precious human life, but it is to help the affected families in distress.” He also expressed his prayers for those who died and for the speedy recovery of burned victims.
Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition and they will identify through DNA testing, said by rescue officer Baqar.