In a stampede at a private charity food distribution location in the Karachi area SITE industrial neighborhood on Friday, at least 11 people—including three children—were killed.
This is just one of several recent events as the populace battles the nation’s soaring inflation rate.
Several individuals, including women and children, lost consciousness during the stampede at the ration distribution center, rescuers informed The Express Tribune.
Some individuals reportedly fell into a nullah during the stampede at the spot, according to witnesses and rescue personnel. Unverified stories claim that an energy power line that had fallen into the nullah electrocuted several of the victims.
Stampede In Karachi While Distribution Food
According to a medical source, nine dead from the stampede in Baldia Town were transferred to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. According to him, six more wounded people were sent to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Medical director Sabir Memon stated that two bodies were brought to the Civil Hospital following the event, bringing the total death toll to 11.
CM Orders Report On The Tragic Stampede
وزیر اعلیٰ سندھ مراد علی شاہ کا سائٹ ایریا میں بھگدڑ مچنے کے واقعہ کا نوٹس، کمشنر سے واقعے کی رپورٹ طلب کرلی— Sindh Information Department (@sindhinfodepart) March 31, 2023
راشن کی تقسیم اور فلاحی کاموں کیلئے انتظامیہ کو باقاعدہ اطلاع دینی چاہیے، وزیر اعلیٰ سندھ @MuradAliShahPPP #Karachi pic.twitter.com/rG9z31yWub
Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister of Sindh, was alerted to the stampede and ordered the Karachi commissioner to provide a report on the occurrence.
The chief minister said in a statement that the local government should have been alerted in advance of any ration distribution or other charitable action.
He provided instructions to transfer the injured as soon as possible to the hospital and expressed regret for the incident’s fatalities.
According to a report, the chief minister said, “I am devastated to learn about the martyrs, most of them are women.”
In the meantime, Khurram Sher Zaman, the leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, expressed sorrow over the occurrence and said that similar events were occurring every day across the nation.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader said, “Because of the irresponsibility of the administration, people are dying instead of being offered any help,” and demanded an open investigation and punishment for those to blame for the disaster.
The tragic stampede that occurred in Karachi on Friday is just one of several such occurrences that have occurred in recent weeks as the populace confronts rising prices for food and other necessities as the nation struggles with one of its worst economic crises in decades.
In an effort to lessen the effects of inflation, which is at a 50-year high of nearly 30%, thousands of people have congregated at flour distribution centers set up around the nation.
In recent weeks, at least five other persons have died and several others have been hurt at free food and flour distribution locations in various regions of Pakistan. According to government documents, thousands of sacks of flour have also been stolen from trucks and distribution centers.
The stampedes highlight the desperate state of the populace in the face of rising costs, which have been made worse by Pakistan’s depreciating currency and the elimination of subsidies that were agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to release the most recent tranche of its financial assistance packages.
The price of essential items has skyrocketed; for example, the price of flour has increased by more than 45% in the last year.
In order to assist millions of low-income households during the holy month of Ramazan, which started last week, the government established the flour distribution program.
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