Death Toll Rises in Pakistani Shipbreaking Yard Explosion

Firefighters in Pakistan continued their battle yesterday against a fire on a decommissioned oil tanker, which caused a series of explosions on Tuesday There are now 17 dead, with more than 20 workers missing.

The accident happened on Tuesday after workers welding near a fuel tank in a shipbreaking yard in Gaddani, 28m northwest of Karachi, caused sparks to ignite the oil tank. Two explosions occurred in rapid succession, followed by eight more, making it difficult to attack the fire itself.