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At least 16 people, including children, have died in gas leak incidents in Quetta city of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province over the past week. Police gave this information.
Four children of a family were killed after a gas leak exploded inside their mud-walled house in Quetta’s Killi Badezai area on Wednesday, police said. Two women were injured in this incident. Police said the children were sleeping when gas filled the room and exploded, causing the walls of the house to collapse.
In a separate incident, a police sub-inspector died after inhaling gas in his room in another area of Quetta. A senior police official confirmed that several cases have been reported on a daily basis since last week, in which more than a dozen people died and dozens fainted due to gas leakage in their homes. They said the leak occurred due to large-scale gas load-shedding and low pressure.
According to reports, the problem of gas load shedding and leakage has come to the fore not only in Quetta but also in nearby areas like Ziarat and Kalat. Balochistan is currently in the grip of severe cold for the last one month.