ISLAMABAD, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of a garment factory fire that broke out Tuesday evening in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi has risen to 65, reported local media on Wednesday morning.
Local Urdu TV channel Express quoted rescue workers and hospitals sources as saying that 65 people have been killed and some 30 others have been injured since the fire erupted at the factory about 12 hours ago.
Fire fighters faced difficulty in putting out the fire completely because they lacked water to refill their fire engines, said local media. Three hydrants located in the nearby areas of the factory ran out of water, they said.
In Pakistan, the two most scarce things for ordinary people's daily life are water and electricity.
Despite the heavy presence of fire fighters at the scene, the fire in the four-storeyed concrete factory building, located in the Baldia Town in the western part of Karachi, is still not put out completely and only the fire on the top floor of the building has reportedly been brought under control.
Local media reported that about 40 fire engines, accounting nearly for all the fire engines in the city, have been involved in putting out the fire.
The factory building, after being burnt more than 12 hours, could collapse at any moment, said rescue workers, adding that this has seriously affected the progress of the rescue work.
Survivors in the fire had to be lifted down from the top of the building by snorkels, they said. There are not enough snorkels in the fire department of the city, they added.
Emergency has been declared in all the hospitals following the fire. Hospital sources said that so far 25 bodies have been identified and some of the other badly burnt bodies have to be identified by DNA test.
Governor of Sindh Province, where Karachi is its capital, has announced a mourning for the victims of the fire starting from Wednesday. Departments concerned in the city have been instructed to submit a report about the deadly fire within 24 hours.
The cause of the fire is not determined yet though some local media reported that the fire could be caused by short circuit due to the heavy rains in the city over the last couple of days.
The fire broke out at the factory at about 6:00 p.m. local time Tuesday. There were an estimated 100 hundred workers inside the factory when the fire started. At least three women and one child were among the killed.
Prior to this, a fire, which broke out at a shoe factory at the northern outskirts of Lahore in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab on Tuesday afternoon, has claimed 26 lives and wounded 26 others.