At least 70 people are reported dead in a serious fire outbreak in a train that was travelling in the eastern province of Punjab in Pakistan. The local health officials were quoted saying that over 40 people are injured as well as an emergency has been declared in the hospitals nearby. The death toll had reached 73 according to the latest reports. TV footages displayed the fire-fighting team struggling hard to get the fire under control.
The massive fire started with gas blast in the underway train’s canteen while breakfast was being prepared for the passengers, as per the Railways Minister Mr Rashid Ahmad’s interview for The Washington Post. That’s the initial information they got, he said. The minister also said that officials are looking into the details of the incident to find out the truths of the story.
“We could hear people crying and screaming for help. The next car was on fire. I thought we would die.” One of the surviving passengers told media, expressing how helpless they felt.
In the panic of getting caught in fire, many people threw themselves out of the running train, many of them died on the spot.