Fires engulf Pakistan factories killing 314 workers
According to a Reuters report, at least 314 people burned to death as fire swept through factories in two cities in Pakistan, police and government officials said on Wednesday, raising questions about industrial safety in the South Asian nation.
Flames raced through a garment factory in the teeming commercial capital of Karachi, killing 289 people. Many people had been lining up to collect their paycheques, officials said.
Weeping relatives in hospitals and morgues heaped criticism on the deeply unpopular government.
"People started screaming for their lives," said Mohammad Asif, 20. "Everyone came to the window. I jumped from the third floor."
In the eastern city of Lahore, a fire raged in a shoe factory, killing at least 25 people.
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