KARACHI: The death toll from a suspected gas leak here in the city’s Keamari locality over the weekend has risen to 14, a spokesperson for the Sindh health department confirmed on Tuesday, adding that more than 400 people were affected.
The spokesperson noted that the 400 people who fell sick due to the suspected gas leak included women and children as well. The deceased people’s families, on the other hand, did not permit for a post-mortem to be carried out either, the official added.
Aeroallergen from soybean dust was found in blood samples collected from people who died after the suspected gas leakage in the city’s Keamari area, sources informed Geo News citing a report released Tuesday evening.
Compiled by the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at Karachi University, the report was released after a blood analysis was conducted on samples obtained from the deceased, the sources added.
According to the sources, the report mentioned that Spain experienced a similar incident of soybean dust poisoning two years ago that affected numerous people in the country.