KARACHI – The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) will bear all expenses for the burial of workers killed in garments factory fire on Hub River Road. This was announced by KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed while talking to the media during the monitoring of rescue operation on Wednesday.
The administrator said that fire brigade vehicles had reached the fire site ten minutes after the receipt of information. Due to the intensity of fire, the fire brigade and its all three snorkels along with other fire tenders from the Pakistan Navy, KPT, CAA and Pakistan Railway were called at the fire site which was used to take control on the fire after continuous efforts.
The firefighters and rescue teams of KMC were however, still carrying out operation since last 24 yours and it will continue till the completion of rescue works.
He said all the resources were being incorporated in this work, however the rescue teams facing difficulties due to the heat in the basement area of the building. The condition of affected building was now very dangerous and it could fell down any time.
KESC to waive bills of affected families: Karachi Electric Supply Company, in its statement, expressed deepest sorrow on the loss of over 250 lives in the regretful incident of the raging fire at a garment factory in the Baldia, Hub River Road area of Karachi. The statement said, that
KESC offers its condolences and deepest sympathies with the families of the victims, most of whom were the breadwinner of their families, making it even more heart rendering.
Under its corporate social responsibility initiative, KESC has announced that it will ‘waive’ all the existing and outstanding electricity bills of the affected families. In addition to the above, the bereaved families will also be extended an ‘Electricity Bill Payment Exemption’ for the next 6 months. The power utility said that this is being done under its CSR program to express its solidarity with the aggrieved families and to provide whatever solace it could.
KESC said, that, it being a critical link of the city and playing an important role in the lives of its dwellers, considered it as its social responsibility to offer its support and stand with its consumers in their trying times.
KESC stated that it will be coordinating with the civic & humanitarian agencies working on the ground zero of this unfortunate catastrophe to get the details of the affected families who lost their family members in this cataclysmic fire.