Oil Tanker Blast Claims 123 in Pakistan

More than 120 people killed in an oil tanker blast in Bahawalpur city of Punjab province of Pakistan. According to the report, more than 80 people have lost their lives in this accident.

According to Bahawalpur DCO Salim Afzal, the incident took place on the national highway near Ahmed Jaipur Sharqya on Sunday morning. A large number of people were also injured. The injured have been taken to the Victoria Hospital in the city. They say that so far the death of 123 people has been confirmed. Among the dead are women and children and there is a possibility of an increase in the number of people killed.

Speaking to Pakistan's official TV, Salim Afzal said that after the tanker was over, people were collecting oil from nearby villages and the fire broke out in the tanker. Other vehicles and motorcycles on the highway have also come under the fire. On receiving the information of the accident, the government officials reached the spot and relief work was started.

Ahmad Jaipur Sharqya's tehsil hospital doctor said that after giving first aid to the injured, joint military hospitals of Bahawalpur and Multan and taken to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital. The Punjab Chief Minister has ordered to investigate the incident and provide the necessary medical facilities to the injured.
According to the Public Relations Department of the Pakistani Army, the Pakistani army has sent four helicopters to transfer the injured seriously to the Burn Center while the emergency situation has been announced in hospitals.

Even in recent past, there have been major incidents of fire spread in the oil tanker during the traffic time in Pakistan. In February last year, ten people were killed in an oil tanker fire after a car collision in Sheikhhpora district, while in 2011, 62 people were killed due to the collision of a passenger bus and oil tanker near Karachi.