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7 Nov 2016

Pakistan: Blast at ship breaking yard calls for safe working conditions

On 1 November, a major blast caused by several gas cylinder explosions onboard an oil production and storage tanker killed at least 26 workers, while more than 60 are reportedly injured. It is feared that the death toll will increase as many workers are in a critical state suffering from severe burn injuries. More workers are missing and reportedly still remain stuck in the ship. The NGOs have denounced working conditions at shipbreakign yard in Gadani, Pakistan and the Pakistan National Trade Union Federation has announced three days mourning and a strike at all yards. A high-level committee formed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in the port city of Karachi Saturday and said it would finalise a report within a week