• ICCBS sends letter to Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani.
  • At least 14 people have died and over have been taken to different hospitals of for treatment reportedly inhaling the toxic gas.
  • Kemari residents have complained of experiencing breathing difficulties, burning sensation in the nose, itching in the throat and watery eyes.

The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) has said that “exposure to soybean dust" could be a cause of breathing difficulties being faced by residents of Kemari, an area of Karachi.

At least 14 people have died and over have been taken to different hospitals of for treatment reportedly inhaling the toxic gas.

Residents of the area have complained of experiencing breathing difficulties, burning sensation in the nose, itching in the throat and watery eyes.

Earlier today, a letter was sent to Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani by Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, who is the director of ICCBS, said that the lab had examined blood and urine samples of people “exposed to toxic aerosols" as well as soybean dust samples collected from the port area.

He said that his lab is still engaged in deciphering the cause of this toxic exposure.

The findings from the test suggest that “the symptoms being experienced by Keamari residents are a result of “overexposure to soybean dust".

The lab suggested that medical centres should give bronchodilators and antihistamines to affected people. ICCBS also advised that “extreme care" be taken while unloading soybean containers.

SenatorMurtaza Wahab expressed his views on twitter stating that, “Preliminary report has been submitted by experts at Khi Uni which suggests that Keamari incident happened due to over exposure of soybean dust which is known to have also caused similar incidents in other parts of the world. This soybean is in a shipment docked at Khi Port".