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More than 100 killed in Pakistan tanker blast

More than 100 killed in Pakistan tanker blast”

Bahwalpur Rana Salim Afzal termed it a "huge tragedy" in the history of Pakistan.

Officials said numerous victims were beyond recognition and that DNA tests were being carried out to identify the dead, adding that the number of fatalities was likely to rise.

The Punjab government said three helicopters are shifting the critically burnt people to Multan's combined military hospital and Nishter Hospital for providing better health facilities. They're all in critical confiction, ISPR said. The dead included men, women and children.

Forensic teams have arrived to collect DNA samples from the site since some bodies have been charred beyond recognition, he said.

A Pakistani official says more than 100 people have been killed after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames.

"CM Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in the tragic incident of oil tanker near Ahmad Pur Sharqiyya Bahawalpur".

"My cousin told me to pick bottles and come out of the house".

The Oil Tanker Fire could have been averted had there been enough awareness among people.

He said it was "greed" of the villagers which took them to the "valley of death". But he said batteries on the truck, cigarettes lit by some people who had gathered to collect the oil or even cellphones could have ignited the blast. "The people who were alive were in really bad shape". The police personnel asked them to leave the place but they started collecting petrol.

Dozens of vehicles, including 75 motorbikes 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.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is now on a private trip overseas, expressed shock and deep sorrows over the tragedy and instructed relevant departments to give the best possible medical treatment to the injured people.

"The fire moved so fast", he said. He also sent his chopper for shifting the injured to Multan hospitals.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been in London, is "immediately" returning to Pakistan to respond to the incident, the APP reports.

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) had directed the provision of full assistance to the civil administration in the relief effort, Armed Forces spokesman Major General Asif Chafoor said on Twitter.

Army helicopters have been deployed in the rescue operations.

The disaster happened on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.



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