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31 Oct 2019 | 06:11 AM UTC

Pakistan: Death toll from train fire in Punjab rises to 65 October 31 /update 1

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Officials confirm at least 65 fatalities after an express train caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan (Punjab province) on October 31; 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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Local police officials have increased the death toll from the fire in a passenger train in Punjab province to 65 as of 11:30 (local time) on Thursday, October 31. The incident occurred near Rahim Yar Khan on a Karachi-Rawalpindi Tezgam express train as it was traveling to Lahore from Karachi. According to officials, most of the deaths were caused by passengers jumping out of the train. The blaze started after a gas canister being used to cook food exploded. The fire spread to three carriages after the cooking oil also caught fire. Rescue operations are ongoing and associated rail disruptions are anticipated in the area.


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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