Karachi: Deaths from the Gas Leak Rise to 14
A toxic gas leak on Sunday in the Kemari area in Karachi has now taken up to 14 lives and more than 100 people have been affected by it according to reports.
The suspected gas leak in Karachi has raised panic as the source still has not been identified. Previously, it was suspected that the gas was leaked from a cargo ship in the port however the Karachi Port Trust has denied this claim.
The gas leak was first reported on Sunday night where people complained of respiratory issues and difficulty in breathing along with stomach ache after which many were rushed to the hospitals, authorities said.
The authorities and police are still probing the cause of the gas leak and the Jackson police have registered an FIR under Sections 284 ( which includes negligence with a poisonous substance), Section 321 (on manslaughter) and Section 337-J (harming or hurting with a poisonous substance) against unknown persons according to the Pakistan Penal Code.
As of today, around 14 people have died due to the toxicity in the air with this substance and many offices and schools were shut down due to the threat of the toxic gas still in the air. Among the deceased, there have been two women as well.
Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah has issued an emergency in the affected areas issued evacuation and advised people to take precautions as the toxicity has been spreading with the direction of the wind.