Lt-Colonel among 17 dead as four rail wagons fall into canal in Gujranwala

03:10 PM | 2 Jul, 2015
Lt-Colonel among 17 dead as four rail wagons fall into canal in Gujranwala
GUJRANWALA (Staff Report) - At least seventeen people including Lieutenant Colonel Amir Jadoon were killed on Thursday when four railway wagons carrying army personnel fell into a Lower Chennab Canal after a bridge collapsed, Rescue sources said.

According to ISPR, Lieutenant colonel Amir, his wife and two children were also killed in the accident. The other army officers killed in the accident included Colonel Rashid, Captain Adil and Lieutenant Kashif.

The ISPR added that army personnel were travelling in four bogies of the unfortunate train and more causalities are expected.  The relief activities are underway, the ISPR statement said.

About 85 people were also injured and they were rushed to different hospitals in nearby cities.

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Khawaja said that six people were still missing and operation is underway to rescue them.
He said hand of miscreants behind the incident can not be ruled out. Water supply to the canal has been stopped, he added.

According to railway authorities, 20 to 25 passengers have been rescued from the canal as a rescue operation by Pakistan Army divers is in progress.
Around 300 passengers are said to be on-board that were travelling on the train which was on its way to Kharian from Pano Aqil when the bridge collapsed.

A relief train from Lahore has been dispatched on the orders of Divisional Superintendent Pakistan Railways, which is carrying medical, mechanical as well as technical staff.

Rescue teams from the army were using cutters and other machines to gain access to the occupants in the compartment, said the report.

The injured passengers have been shifted to military hospital of the city.

The Pakistan army, residents and government rescue teams are taking part in the operation to pull out the people from the canal.

Two helicopters and a crane of the army also have joined in the rescue operation.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief over the accident and directed the Punjab government and relief services to provide all resources.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 20 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 20, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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