At least 148 people killed and over hundred were injured after an overturned tanker caught fire and exploded in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur on Sunday morning.
According to Radio Pakistan, people had gathered around the tanker to collect the oil that had leaked out of the container. The team of fire brigade reached the spot shortly after the blaze started and rescue operations were initiated.
The overturned tanker exploded after fuel leaking from its damaged container caught fire. At least 12 motorcycles and six cars were also burnt in the blaze. All the injured were shifted to two nearby hospitals for treatment.
Meanwhile, Chief of the Pakistan Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa ordered the army to assist in the rescue efforts. Army helicopters were sent to the spot to transport the injured to the hospitals.
"COAS expresses grief on losses in oil tanker incident. Directed provision of full assistance to civil administration n in rescue [and ]relief efforts," Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.
Army Aviation helicopters sent for evacuation of casualties to hospitals / burn centres. Hospitals placed on high alert. (2 of 2).— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 25, 2017
COAS expresses grief on losses in oil tanker incident. Directed provision of full assistance to civil admn in rescue/relief effort (1 of 2).— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 25, 2017
Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and asked government officials to file a report.