ISLAMABAD: Federal Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi categorically rejected the report that pointed to “overexposure” to “soy dust” as the probable cause of death of more than a dozen people in the port areas of Karachi, he said. Tuesday ARY News.
While speaking exclusively with the ARY News ’11th Hour’ program, Ali Zaidi said he will not accept the report indicating the spread to soybeans from a cargo ship. He explained that it is the fourteenth ship that took soybeans to the port of Karachi, while the unloading process had not started when the first person affected by the mysterious gas dispersion was taken to the hospital.
“We are trying to solve this mystery from the morning and I also chaired a session today attended by worried officials, members of the KPT [Karachi Port Trust] Administration and scientists. In the session, we decided to remove the cargo ship from the dock. “
“The final report will decide on the gender of gas and particles that affected people. An investigation committee has been set up headed by Commissioner Karachi to investigate the incident.
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“13 ships had docked in the KPT before and it was the fourteenth ship, while not a single person of the crew of 30 ship members and 400 people who participated in the unloading process have been affected. There is a distance of at least one kilometer between the cargo ship and the affected areas. “
He also said that the process of unloading said cargo ship has stopped since last night, but people are still being taken to hospitals. The minister said once again that the incident has no connection to the KPT and will not accept the report.
The mystery surrounding the death of more than a dozen people due to what has been called the toxic gas leak in the Keamari area of Karachi seems to crumble, as noted by the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS ) from the University of Karachi in a report. “Overexposure” to “soy powder” as the probable cause of the incident.
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Suspected gas leaks so far have killed at least 14 people, according to a spokesman for the Sindh health department. He said that more than 300 people, including women and children, have also been affected by a high level of air toxicity.
In addition, Global Environmental Labs (GEL) in its initial report states that the air in the Kemari port area has registered an extraordinary increase in the amount of sulfur dioxide presence.
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a spicy corrosive gas that arises mainly from burning coal or crude oil in power plants and factories that produce chemicals, paper or fuel.
The laboratory revealed that the normal ranges of the chemical present in the air are around 120 percent, which had increased to a huge 1420 percent since the first incident.