Many die in Pakistan wedding fire

At least 22 people have been killed after a fire caused a stampede at a wedding party in eastern Pakistan, according to local police.

Many die in Pakistan wedding fire

More than 30 others were injured during the incident on Saturday evening in the village of Jhok Utra, about 120km west of the city of Multan.


"Around 22 to 23 people were killed and 70 people were injured," police officer Ghulam Farid told Reuters.


An electric light apparently sparked the fire in a canvas tent where more than 100 women and children were present, Khadim Hussain Khadim, an area police officer, told Associated Press.


He said 15 women and six children died of burns, injuries caused when people tried to escape the fire, and from debris from a wall that toppled in the stampede. 


Khadim later said the death toll increased to 27 after one child and five women died of their injuries late Saturday.


Two women died of head injuries at a hospital in Dera Ghazi Khan, and three others died on the way to a hospital in the city of Multan, he said.


Khadim said the wedding tent had been set up on the lawn at the home of the bride, who was among the dead.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16