The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has ruled out the presence of any toxic gases or other air pollution that could have contributed to the 20 deaths in as many days in a small neighborhood of Kemari District of Karachi.
The report stated that they had analyzed air samples collected from Ali Muhammad Goth in Union Council 8 of Mawach Goth, Kemari district.
The report tested the air for the presence of hazardous materials including vapors of Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Ozone, particulate matter, suspended particulate matter, lead and other volatile organic compounds.
It revealed that the victims did not die because of toxic gases.
“Results obtained from laboratory does not indicate excess of any parameter in air quality which could lead to casualties from inhaling of any toxic gas,” the report read.
“The recent incident held at Ali Muhammad Village is never be linked with air pollution or presence of toxic gasses in the surrounding vicinity.”
Instead, it said that the mysterious deaths could be due to non-environmental causes.
“Health department needs to look into the possibility of any infectious disease or ingestion of contaminated food, etc,” the report recommended.
The report added that the actual cause of death can be determined after forming an investigation team comprising health experts.
Further, the report said that they had conducted door-to-door survey in the area and initiated legal action against illegal commercial and industrial activities in the neighborhood.