The death toll from an explosion and fire at a Pakistan shipbreaking yard last week has risen to 26, officials said Sunday.
More than 50 others were wounded in the incident when a gas cylinder exploded and started a fire inside an oil tanker at the Gadani yard in the southwestern province of Balochistan.
“Six more wounded from the Gadani shipyard have died, so the new toll is now 26,” Zulfiqar Hashmi, a local government official, told AFP.
“One person died at home after being discharged from hospital while five others expired in hospital,” he said.
Muhammad Hashim, commissioner of Kalat region of which Gadani is a part, confirmed the new toll.
Pakistan has banned all activities at the shipbreaking yard in Gadani and a probe is underway.