Eid celebrations in Pakistan turned into a piercing period of mourning as an oil tanker explosion killed over 190 people on a National Highway in Bahawalpur. The death toll which had been 148 on the day of the tragic accident has been rising since then and has increased to a saddening total of over 190. The country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his grief over the “heavy loss of life” on what could have been a day of huge celebrations.
On the eve of Eid-al Fitr, the last day of Ramadan, an oil tanker traveling from Karachi to Lahore turned over on a National highway resulting in spillage of a large quantity of petroleum. The tanker overturned on the outskirts of the Bahawalpur city, in an attempt to take a sharp turn. The nearby area was a village struck with poverty and the villagers caused an act that resulted in the heart-wrenching havoc. A large crowd of villagers started gathering in the area in an attempt to collect petrol following a loudspeaker announcement from a nearby mosque. However, things took a wrong turn as the fuel caught fire resulting in an enormous explosion destroying everything nearby. As revealed in the initial investigation, somebody tried to light a cigarette that caused the fire, explosion, and consequently, the huge loss of life.
Witnesses of the explosion reported that over 30 motorcycles had stormed the scene of the accident, bringing in villagers to collect the fuel in numerous pots and utensils. The complete destruction of these vehicles and the entire area depicts the intensity of the blast. Following the explosion, immediate services for rescuing the injured were rushed to the scene but the explosion resulted in the death of 148 people and several injured. Those who were severely burned were airlifted from the site but still, the death toll has risen to over 190.
The bodies of many of the victims were burned beyond recognition, causing even greater pains to their family. The country that was eagerly waiting for the eve of Eid was struck hard and this tragedy took away the enthusiasm of the festival. Human bodies, vehicles, and utensils that were scattered everywhere was a very disheartening sight, report many witnesses.
The driver of the oil tanker survived and was taken into custody for further investigation. He, along with the nearby motor police, had advised the villagers to stop scavenging for the fuel but to no avail. Victims with severe burns have been taken to hospitals in distant cities for better treatment but not all of them have been able to survive.
The incident also reminds us of the distressing image of people putting their lives at risk. In addition, the loudspeaker announcement from the nearby mosque places the requirement of better moral judgment for those involved. The poverty, which forced the people into looting the petrol without giving it a second thought, cannot be blamed completely. Realization of the threat and the instinct to stay away from it could have saved lives. A stitch in time, i.e. of having better moral judgment, in this case, could have saved several people from losing their life.
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