Karachi, petrol shortage, citizens, CNG

Karachi hit by overnight petrol shortage, citizens panicked

Petrol stations in various areas of Karachi were shut down as they were running out of stocks after closure of Keamari oil area due to toxic gas leak.

According to report, the toxic gas leak in Keamari has badly affected the supply as major oil storage capacities located in the affected neighbourhood of Keamari Town.

A number of petrol pumps were shut down while long queues of cars and motorcycles were seen outside those that were still open.

On the other hand, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) spokesperson said that there was “sufficient stocks available” and that there was “no issue of shortage of fuel supply”.

Earlier this week, mysterious gas leakage in Karachi’s Keamari left residents shell-shocked after more than eight people were killed due to toxic leakage in the area  on Feb 16.

More than 100 people were shifted to hospitals out of many are are in critical condition. Hospitals near Kemari Clifton and Lyari are full, the vice-chairman of the union council in Keamari said. According to the hospital administration, the patients have been experiencing respiratory problems and stomachaches.

Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah has ordered the evacuation of residents from the affected areas, local media reported. The decision comes following an emergency meeting convened on Monday night by the CM.

Sindh Adviser on Environment Murtaza Wahab told a paper on Feb 17 that: “Hydrogen Sulphide could be the probable cause of gas poisoning in Keamari area adjacent to Karachi port where some have unfortunately died and dozens were hospitalised on Sunday night.”

He added: “So far, our investigation is inconclusive but our teams are working on it and we have also sought professional assistance from a private firm to help in the investigation.”

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