SHC seeks reply from Centre, Sindh over Karachi toxic gas leakage
Statesman Report
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday served notices to the federal and Sindh governments over deaths due to toxic gas leakage in Kemari.
A constitutional petition filed by a resident of Karachi states that toxic gas leakage in Kemari claimed as many as 14 lives, but no one is accepting the responsibility.
“Investigation should be ordered to unveil the negligence and compensation should be paid to heirs of the victims”, the plea reads.
The SHC maintaining the plea served notices to the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) authorities, the federal government, the Sindh government and Sindh Environmental Agency.
The aforesaid respondents have been asked to submit their responses until Mar 11.
At least 14 people from different parts of Kemari died and over 400 were taken to hospitals for treatment reportedly after inhaling toxic gas that leaked from a soybean ship at the KPT.
The University of Karachi’s International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) in a report had pointed to “overexposure” to “soybean dust” as the probable cause of the gas leakage incident in Kemari.
The ICCBS said samples of blood and urine of the people exposed to toxic aerosols were sent to it, while some samples of soybean dust were also collected from the port area.
“We think the cause of deaths may be due to overexposure to soybean dust,” the ICCBS had said in its report.