65 killed in Pakistan train fire, footage shows people crying inside the coaches
New Delhi : At least 65 people have been killed after flames gutted Pakistan train on Thursday, a provisional minister said.
A television footage showed flames burning the coaches of the train as people could be seen crying in the incident near Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province.
"According to information reaching us from site of the accident, more than 65 people were killed and over 40 injured," provincial health minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid told AFP.
The injured passengers were rushed to a nearby hospital in the city of Bahawalpur and elsewhere in Rahim Yar Khan district, she said, adding that only 18 of the bodies were identifiable.
"Terrible... train tragedy with gas cylinder carried by passenger exploding," tweeted human rights minister Shireen Mazari.
According to reports in local news papers, some of the passengers were cooking food inside the train when the cylinder exploded.
Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.