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Seven workers injured after ship catches fire in Gadani

Two are in critical condition

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 14, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 14, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Two are in critical condition

Photo: Reuters

A ship caught fire at the Gadani Shipbreaking yard injuring seven workers on Sunday. Two are in critical condition.

The workers have been shifted to Karachi for treatment.

The fire broke out in a ship in Plot 10, the vice-chairperson of the shipbreaking yard, Ghani Seth told SAMAA Digital.

He said the fire has not been controlled yet and no fire brigade vehicles have arrived.

He said the fire broke out even though they took safety measures at the yard.

Bashir Mehmoodani, the president of the Gadani Shipbreaking workers association, said that workers’ lives are put at risk because the ship breaking company owners want the work to be done fast. They want work that takes one month to be done in a week, he said.

The employers make billions every year but still don’t want to set up a fire brigade in the yard nor do they want to ensure safety measures are taken for their workers, said Mehmoodani.

In 2016, a fire broke out in an oil carrying ship that was being dismantled in Gadani. Over two dozen workers were killed and 70 were injured. After that, the dismantling of oil carrying ships was banned at the yard.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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