Saturday 21 October 2017

17 more deaths push Pakistan tanker fire toll to 190

People offer funeral prayers for the victims of Sunday's fuel tanker fire incident in Bahawalpur, Pakistan (AP Photo/Iram Asim)
People offer funeral prayers for the victims of Sunday's fuel tanker fire incident in Bahawalpur, Pakistan (AP Photo/Iram Asim)

A Pakistani government official has said the death toll from a massive fuel tanker blaze earlier this week has risen to 190, after 17 more people died in hospital from severe burns.

Rao Taslim Ahmad, a deputy commissioner in the city of Bahawalpur in central Pakistan, said some of the victims who were rushed to hospital following the fire were still in a critical condition on Friday.

The disaster happened early on Sunday outside Bahawalpur when the driver of the oil tanker, which was en route from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, lost control and crashed on a highway.

The fuel ignited when villagers rushed to the scene to collect the spilled oil, ignoring warnings from police.

Pakistan held a collective funeral for 130 of the victims on Tuesday.

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