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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 rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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