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10 drown as boat overturns in Keenjhar Lake

Four people rescued

SAMAA | and - Posted: Aug 18, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Posted: Aug 18, 2020 | Last Updated: 10 months ago

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Ten women and children from Karachi’s Mehmoodabad drowned after a wooden boat overturned in the Keenjhar Lake Monday afternoon.

According to rescue officials, there were a total of 14 passengers aboard when the boat overturned. Four people, the boat driver and three women, have been rescued but are said to be in critical condition.

The bodies of the nine women and a child have been retrieved from the lake and shifted to Civil Hospital, Makli. Navy divers took part in the rescue operation.

The family was traveling to the tomb of Noori Jam Tamachi, which is located in the middle of the Keenjhar Lake.

Boatmen generally do not provide life jackets to people while taking them boating in the lake. No lifeguards have been posted at the lake, which is visited by hundreds of visitors from Karachi every day.

Passing the blame

The Thatta SSP has blamed the accident on the boat driver’s negligence.

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his condolences over the accident and ordered an investigation. He wants to make sure accidents like this don’t happen again.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has also taken notice and summoned a report from the Thatta deputy commissioner.

The lake is large and there is a shortage of staff, said Sindh Tourism Development Corporation spokesperson Makhdoom Gulzar.

The Sindh Sailors Ittehad has blamed it on unemployment. Vice-President Muhammad Azam Gandhoro said sailors are using fishing boats to transport people to the shrine or take them around the lake because they lost so much money during the lockdown.

He also raised the issue of hiring divers exclusively for the lake.

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