The death toll in mysterious toxic gas leak rose to 14 on Tuesday. Federal and provincial agencies continued their unsuccessful efforts to determine the source and location of a toxic gas leak in a neighborhood of Karachi.
A provincial health department official, Dr. Zafar Mehdi confirmed the number of deaths to 14. Dozens of other patients had been undergoing treatment with most of them in critical condition at various medical facilities across the city.
The chief minister in Sindh province, Syed Murad Ali Shah acknowledged that authorities were still unable to determine what caused the gas leak, which he said had not spread to other parts of the city.
“To conclude the report, 14 patients expired from February 16-18, until the report was signed at 6.30 pm. It is relevant to mention that 258 patients were examined and 232 were discharged after treatment and 12 patients are under observation in the hospitals concerned. Patient samples were collected and sent to Aga Khan University Hospital and ICCBS for further investigation and analytical study. “said the special health secretary in his report to Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
According to the administration of Ziauddin hospital, the victims suffered from respiratory problems, dizziness, vomiting, and upset stomach. The hospital faced a shortage of oxygen, while many patients were transferred to other medical centers.
Residents of Keamari, including the Railway Colony, Sikandarabad, Jackson Market and Masaan Road, continued to suffer, as authorities only promised to evacuate them without proper planning and arrangements on the ground.
Toxic Gas Leakage Leaves Six dead, 100 Affected in Karachi
The leak that started on Sunday sparked panic in Karachi and raised concerns because city officials could not immediately identify the source and type of gas involved. Authorities said there was no suspicion of sabotage.
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03 April, 2020