Shocking & heartbreaking tragedy this morning in Ahmedpur Sharkia: oil tanker blaze killing 200. A national tragedy of epic proportions.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 25, 2017
Have asked ldrship present in area to immed assess what assistance can be provided to the injured and to families of victims. https://t.co/E1aTtoocke— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 25, 2017Over 80 people, including children, sustained severe burn injuries when they reportedly gathered to collect oil from the leaking tanker.They were taken to Bahawal Victoria Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital Sharqia in critical condition, said Rescue 1122 Director-General Dr Rizwan Naseer. Most of those taken to the hospitals got 70% burn injuries, while more deaths are feared.People in the area had gathered to collect fuel that was leaking from the oil tanker after it toppled over, said rescue sources.Witnesses said some people in the vicinity were smoking cigarettes, which could have ignited the inferno.
COAS expresses grief on losses in oil tanker incident. Directed provision of full assistance to civil admn in rescue/relief effort (1 of 2).— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 25, 2017
Army Aviation helicopters sent for evacuation of casualties to hospitals / burn centres. Hospitals placed on high alert. (2 of 2).— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 25, 2017Dozens of vehicles, including 75 motorcycles and four cars, were engulfed in the blaze that erupted in Pul Paka near the National Highway, an area located in the middle of the city. Most of the affected people were residents of the locality nearby, while others were passing by on the route.
Shocked and deeply saddened by the awful tragedy near #Bahawalpur. Our thoughts are with those affected and their families.— UKinPakistan🇬🇧🇵🇰 (@ukinpakistan) June 25, 2017