Eleven people were killed in a stampede during the distribution of food aid in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday, a health official said, making for one of several tragic incidents of this kind in recent weeks, as the country’s economic crisis continues on.
The dead include five women and three children, police reported, while five other people were hospitalized following the incident, which occurred at a charity-run distribution site set up at a local factory.
Thousands of people have gathered at flour distribution centers set up across the country, some as part of a government-backed program to ease the impact of inflation, which is running above 30 percent, a 50-year high.
At least 11 women and children killed in stampede at Ramadan food distribution centre in Pakistan pic.twitter.com/ujKN9DAxzO— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) March 31, 2023
The stampedes underscore the people’s desperation in the face of soaring costs, exacerbated by Pakistan’s falling currency and removal of subsidies agreed on with the International Monetary Fund to unlock the latest tranche of its financial support packages.
11 people have lost their lives in Karachi as ration distribution goes wrong, turns into a stampede -- Among those killed also include 3 children. #Pakistan— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) March 31, 2023