At least 10 people are killed and 50 were seriously injured in series of explosions and fire at Gadani ship-breaking yard in Pakistan during demolishing oil tanker. Another 200 workers are trapped inside the vessel with the fire still raging. The accident happened after explosion of fuel tanks during hot cutting works. A thick plume of black smoke rising from the ship and fire spread around the whole wreck. The flames trapped the exits of the other workers and causing additional explosions. The local authorities dispatched firefighters, rescue teams and declared highest level of emergency, but rescue operation has not been initiated yet due to intermittent explosions.
The Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed their deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the explosion. They ordered the local authorities to extend best possible medical treatment to the injured and to follow the rescue operations for the trapped people.
Currently the reported death toll is 10 people, but the destiny of the trapped workers inside the fire is yet unknown. Another 50 people were seriously injured after the first explosions, but were already rescued and hospitalized. Some of them are having life-threatening injuries. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority and the National Disaster Management Authority are conducting a joint rescue operation. They are ready to start firefighting and open a route through the fire, reaching the trapped workers, but are disturvbed by the continuous explosions.
Gadani ship-breaking yard is the world‘s third largest ship breaking yard. The yard consists of 132 ship-breaking plots located across a 10 km long beachfront at Gadani.
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