Published On: Wed, Jan 1st, 2014
Published in Category: Rawalpindi

Gas related blasts wound ten in Rawalpindi

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RAWALPINDI: At least ten people were wounded in separate gas-related explosions on Tuesday in Rawalpindi.

A gas-cylinder exploded in a house situated in Rehmatabad area of Rawalpindi injuring five persons, including two women and three children.

Rescue 1122 personnel reached the blast site and shifted the victims to Civil hospital for medical treatment.

In another incident, at least five people of a family were wounded in a blast caused in a house by gas leakage in Rawalpindi’s Gharibabad area.

Rescue sources said that five persons including a man, his mother, wife, and two children sustained injuries in the blast and were shifted to Holy Family hospital in the city where the condition of the man and his wife was reported as critical.

Every year in winter, there are reports of casualties due to incidents of gas explosions caused by gas leakage from appliances, mostly from substandard portable gas heaters.

The current incident comes at a time when the country is undergoing a record cold spell and Rawalpindi’s twin city Islamabad, which is the federal capital city, witnessed a plunge in the mercury to below three degrees Celsius, which was the coldest day in 46 years.