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Saturday, April 20, 2024  
09 Shawwal 1445  

High-level meeting held in wake of tragic Kemari incident

A high level meeting in the wake of tragic Kemari Incident was held in Karachi, with Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi and Provincial Minister for Local Government Sindh Nasir Hussain Shah in attendance.

The meeting expressed concerns over the situation that not only affected more than two hundred residents of Keamari and its adjoining areas, but also expressed grief over the loss of precious lives.

A committee was formed to probe into the matter further for ascertaining the root cause and determine the reasons for the incident.

Earlier on Sunday, mysterious toxic gas leak at Kemari port affected the residents of area, eventually claiming 14 lives and leaving scores in hospital in critical condition. A preliminary report on the matter was submitted Tuesday.

Global Environmental Labs (GEL) in its initial report claims that the air in the port area of Kemari has registered an extraordinary increase in the amount of sulfur dioxide presence.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a pungent corrosive gas that arises predominantly from the burning of coal or crude oil in power plants and from factories that produce chemicals, paper, or fuel.

The lab revealed that the normal ranges of the chemical present in the air are around 120 percent which had been bumped up to a whopping 1420 percent since the incident was first reported.

Burning of the eyes is a symptom of access presence of the chemical in the air.


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