5 dead, 2 missing as fire breaks out at Gadani ship-breaking yard again


    Five workers were reported dead as a ship at Gadani ship-breaking yard on Monday (Today) caught fire for the second time in less than a month, according to media reports.

    Police officials claimed that one person was found dead and another was injured in the incident.

    The police also said rescue workers were still looking for three people, while Bashir Mehmood Dani, president of the labours’ association, claimed that the number of missing people is eight.

    More than 100 workers were present on the ship when the fire broke out. 70 workers have been rescued from life rafting boats.

    The same ship had caught fire some weeks ago as well. However, the fire had been extinguished without any loss of life reported.

    Thousands of labourers work in perilous conditions, often for a pittance, at Gadani’s shipbreaking yards.

    In November 2016, 26 people had been killed and 58 others injured during a series of explosions that occurred during work on an unused oil tanker at the yard.