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Tragic blaze claims over 113 lives and injures 150 at wedding hall in Iraq

11:18 AM | 27 Sep, 2023
Tragic blaze claims over 113 lives and injures 150 at wedding hall in Iraq
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A devastating fire broke out during a wedding ceremony at an event hall in the northern Iraqi town of Al-Hamdaniyah, resulting in a tragic loss of over 100 lives and leaving more than 150 individuals injured.

The death toll was confirmed by Nineveh Deputy Governor Hassan al-Allaq, who reported 113 fatalities, while state media mentioned at least 100 deaths along with 150 injuries.

The fire engulfed a spacious events hall in the northeastern region after fireworks were ignited during the celebratory event, according to statements from local civil defence officials, relayed through state media. Eyewitnesses described a horrifying scene, with one survivor, Imad Yohana, recounting the fire pulsating from the hall. Some fortunate individuals managed to escape, but others were trapped inside.

Initial findings suggest that the building was constructed using highly flammable materials, a significant contributing factor to its rapid collapse, as reported by state media.

In response to the tragedy, ambulances and medical teams were swiftly dispatched to the scene, with both federal Iraqi authorities and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region providing assistance, as detailed in official statements.

Moreover, individuals were seen at the doors of a refrigerated truck containing several black body bags.

Civil defence authorities reported the presence of prefabricated panels within the event hall that were “highly flammable and contravened safety standards.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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