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US News Fire on moving train kills 65 passengers in central Pakistan

09:00  31 october  2019
09:00  31 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A massive fire caused by a cooking gas stove erupted on Thursday on a train traveling in Pakistan 's eastern Punjab province, killing at least 65 passengers , officials Pakistani officials examine a train damaged by a fire in Liaquatpur, Pakistan , Thursday, Oct.

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A fire burns a train carriage after a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province, Pakistan October 31, 2019, in this still image take from video. REUTERS/Asghar Bhawalpuri/via REUTERS TV © Asghar Bhawalpuri/via REUTERS TV A fire burns a train carriage after a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province, Pakistan October 31, 2019, in this still image take from video. REUTERS/Asghar Bhawalpuri/via REUTERS TV

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A massive fire caused by a cooking gas stove erupted on Thursday on a train traveling in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, killing at least 65 passengers, officials said.

Flames roared through the train cars as the train approached the town of Liaquatpur in Punjab, they said, the latest tragedy to hit Pakistan's dilapidated, poorly maintained and mismanaged rail system.

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A Pakistani rescue official said the death toll from the fire had reached 62, with many of the injured still in a critical condition. “Terrible train tragedy with gas cylinder carried by passenger exploding,” tweeted human rights minister Shireen Mazari. Train accidents are common in Pakistan , where the

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Deputy Commissioner Jamil Ahmed said the death toll had risen steadily since the early morning. The fire broke out when a gas stove exploded as breakfast was being prepared on board, he added.

People watch fire burning a train after a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province, Pakistan October 31, 2019, in this still image take from video. REUTERS/Asghar Bhawalpuri/via REUTERS TV © Asghar Bhawalpuri/via REUTERS TV People watch fire burning a train after a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province, Pakistan October 31, 2019, in this still image take from video. REUTERS/Asghar Bhawalpuri/via REUTERS TV Several of the injured had jumped off the train — many to their deaths — after the fire broke out, said Ahmed. The train eventually screeched to a halt.

Poor passengers often bring their own small gas stoves on the trains to cook their meals, despite rules to the contrary, according to Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. Safety regulations are often ignored in the overcrowded trains.

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The Karachi-Lahore train was approaching the town of Liaquatpur in Punjab when the fire broke out. Many were killed when they tried to jump off the TV footage from the scene of the fire showed a huge blaze raging through the train as firefighters struggled to get it under control. More follows…

A Pakistan Railways official confirmed that the fire was caused by the explosion in a gas cylinder. After the blast, the raging fire engulfed two other coaches as well. Railways minister blames train fire on passengers . Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed while speaking to Geo News said, “Two cooking

Through the morning hours, rescue workers and inspectors sifted through the charred wreckage, looking for survivors and aiding the injured. Local Pakistani TV footage from the scene showed a huge blaze raging as firefighters struggled to get it under control.

Rescue workers shift the bodies of the victims after a fire engulfed a passenger train near Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, on Oct. 31, 2019. © Stringer/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Rescue workers shift the bodies of the victims after a fire engulfed a passenger train near Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, on Oct. 31, 2019. Authorities said they were still trying to identify the victims and that the lists of fatalities and those injured were not ready yet. Another train has been dispatched to bring the survivors to the city of Rawalpindi, they said.

Yasmin Rashid, a provincial minister in the Punjab, told reporters that the medical staff were providing the best possible treatment for the injured at a hospital in Liaquatpur.

Those critically injured will be taken ambulances to the city of Multan, the largest city nearest to the site of the accident.

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A fire broke out on a train in Pakistan on Thursday when a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, killing at least 13 people, some as they jumped from the moving train to escape the flames. The fire destroyed three of the train ’s carriages near the

A gas explosion caused a massive fire on board a train in eastern Pakistan , killing at least 46 people, police confirmed. # Pakistan : Death toll rises to 46, in incident where fire broke out in #Karachi-#Rawalpindi #Tezgam express train in #Liaqatpur near Rahim Yar Khan, earlier today

The train was on its way from the southern port city of Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, to the garrison city of Rawalpindi when the blaze erupted, said Ahmed, the deputy commissioner.

People and rescue workers gather near the site after a fire broke out in a passenger train and destroyed three carriages near the town of Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan on Oct. 31, 2019. © Stringer/Reuters People and rescue workers gather near the site after a fire broke out in a passenger train and destroyed three carriages near the town of Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan on Oct. 31, 2019. Pakistan's military said troops were also participating in the rescue operation. President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan issued statements expressing grief over the tragedy.

Train accidents in Pakistan are often the result of poor railway infrastructure and official negligence. Media reports on Thursday suggest that railways officials did not notice when passengers boarded the train, carrying individual gas stoves.


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