At least six people died and dozens of others became unconscious after reportedly being exposed to poisonous gas in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Sunday, Pakistani media reported.Several victims who were hospitalised have complained of respiratory problems, police said, as reported by The News International.While the cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained by the police, the Pakistani daily has reported that it is suspected that the leakage of the gas "occurred during offloading chemicals from a cargo ship anchored at Keamari Jetty."Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken the notice of the incident and summoned a report from the authorities.Further details are awaited.
At least four people died and 15 were hospitalised after inhaling toxic gases emanating from a vegetable container in Pakistan's port city Karachi, police said. The container was unloaded from a cargo ship in Kemari port area on Sunday night. "The initial investigation showed that as soon as people from Jackson market opened the container fumes emanated from it and people had difficulty in breathing and lost consciousness," DIG Sharjeel Kharal told reporters. "They were taken to a nearby private hospital where four people died while 15 are under treatment," Kharal said. He said police have sought details of the cargo ship from the port authorities and the Pakistani navy.