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Fire kills 13 Pakistani agricultural labourers in Jordan

Fire kills 13 Pakistani agricultural labourers in Jordan rural area near capital Amman.

Fire kills 13 Pakistani

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 13 Pakistanis, including seven children, four women and two men, lost lives due to a fire.

Furthermore, it said that fire broke out around 2am on Monday in their tent in a rural area in Jordan.

According to Jordan’s rescue services, the incident occurred on a farm in South Shona, around 50 kilometres west of Amman.

Two Pakistani families

The rescue services further said that the fire had broken out in a corrugated metal house.

The makeshift building was home to two Pakistani families working as agricultural labourers, they said.

According to the foreign ministry, the victims from the Joya family had migrated to Jordan during the 1970s. They belonged to Sindh’s Dadu district.

The ministry said that the Pakistani embassy remains in contact with the victims’ relatives who live in Jordan.

Assistance from Pakistan govt

However, the ambassador and embassy’s senior officials were prepared to provide any assistance required by the family. The Jordanian authorities are also extending full cooperation, the statement said.

Jordan is home to thousands of Pakistanis, many of them agricultural labourers.

Unfortunately, use of cheap but dangerous forms of heating remain a cause of fires while the occupants remain asleep.

Jordanian FM talks to counterpart

Meanwhile, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

He provided further details of the incident. He also offered his condolences over the loss of lives.

 

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