Monday, September 14, 2009

Khori Garden Karachi: 19 die including 14 women in stampede for food

At least nineteen persons including fourteen women were killed and several others wounded in the stampede as they lined up to collect flour and other supplies being handed out by a charity in Mithadar, Karachi, Dunya News reported Monday. The Sindh government has announced Rs 100 thousand each for the heirs of dead. Prime Minister, President and Chief Minster Sindh has directed an immediate probe into the incident. Emergency has been imposed in all the hospitals of Karachi after the incident.

According to police officials, a trader in Kachi Para area of populous commercial area Mithadar was distributing ‘Zakat’ and other free supplies as stampede erupted in the women lined up. Several women were trampled while 14 died on the spot due to suffocation. Edhi foundation workers rushed to the site of the incident and shifted injured and unconscious ladies to Civil Hospital Karachi. The Hospital officials said that many women were in critical condition. Police has arrested the trader who was distributing free supplies.

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