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31 Oct 2019 | 05:09 AM UTC

Pakistan: Train fire in Punjab kills 16 passengers October 31

Pakistan News Alert

Fire breaks out on passenger train in Punjab province on October 31, killing at least 16 passengers; rescue operations ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/31/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Punjab province, Rahim Yar Khan

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Event

A fire broke out on a Karachi-Rawalpindi Tezgam express train on the morning (local time) on Thursday, October 31, in Punjab province. The incident occurred near Rahim Yar Khan as the train was traveling to Lahore from Karachi. At least 16 passengers were killed and another 13 injured in the incident. According to initial reports, the fire broke out after a gas canister being used to cook breakfast exploded. Rescue operations are ongoing and officials have warned that the death toll may rise as more information is received. Rail service disruptions are also anticipated in the area.

Advice

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the accident, and anticipate rail service disruptions.

 

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