Gas canister explosion in Tezgam Express claims at least 62 lives in Rahim Yar Khan

Gas canister explosion in Tezgam Express claims at least 62 lives in Rahim Yar Khan

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Seventy people reportedly dead and forty others injured when fire engulfed three bogies of Tezgam Express due to a cylinder explosion at Liaquatpur in Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday morning.

Minimum 62 passengers lost their lives and 32 sustained critical burn wounds on Thursday when three carriages of a Tezgam Express caught fire due to explosion in a gas canister used by Tableeghi Jamaat passengers to cook breakfast near Talwari Station in Liaquatpur area of Rahim Yar Khan.

The train was travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi.

Many commuters were injured when they jumped from the moving train to escape the flames. Emergency has been declared in all hospitals of the district. 12 of the injured persons are in critical condition, whereas 18 bodies could not be identified.

Women and children are also amongst the victims. Many of the dead and injured were shifted to DHQ Hospital in Liaqatpur.

 

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