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Karachi building fire death toll reaches 5

11:50 AM | 7 Dec, 2023
Karachi building fire death toll reaches 5
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KARACHI – The death toll resulting from the building fire that occurred in Karachi’s Federal B Area on Wednesday has risen to five. The fire was extinguished, and the cooling process for the building was completed.

The fire broke out in the six-storey Arshi Shopping Centre, located on Shahrah-e-Pakistan near Ayesha Manzil in District Central’s Federal B Area. The incident occurred while residents were present inside the building.

Eyewitnesses stated that the fire initially started in one of the shops due to welding work on the ground floor. However, it quickly spread to other shops in the furniture market located beneath the building.

This particular furniture market encompasses over 250 shops on the ground floor, along with furniture, mattresses, and petroleum products stored on the mezzanine floor. Additionally, the building contains 450 residential flats across the upper four floors.

Concerns arose regarding the building’s structural integrity due to the fire, heightening fears of a potential collapse. However, the swift response from the Fire Department facilitated the complete evacuation of the building within two hours after the incident was reported.

Unfortunately, the death toll has risen to five, with another body discovered by rescue personnel within the fire-affected building. The individual succumbed to suffocation and burns.

Rescue operations, which extended late into the night, have concluded. Officials reported severe damage to the ground floor and mezzanine floor of the apartment building due to the fire.

The firefighting teams from various entities, including the Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC), Fire Brigade, and Pakistan Navy, were actively engaged in the rescue operation to contain the flames.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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