Karachi, October 13 (SO News): 18 people were burnt alive when a passenger bus caught fire while returning flood-affected people from the relief center to their homes. The accident took place on Wednesday late night near Jamshoro in northern Pakistan.
According to media reports, a fire suddenly broke out on the highway near Kotri in the back of the passenger coach of the flood victims going from Karachi to Khairpur Nathan Shah and engulfed the entire bus.
As a result of the fire, more than 50 percent of the vehicle was burnt to ashes, while according to the information received in the morning, efforts were being made to control the fire. On receiving the information about the fire, there was a stampede in the passenger coach, on which the passengers opened the door of the moving coach. Started jumping.
The driver later stopped the bus and started evacuating the passengers. There were more than 50 passengers including women and children in the passenger coach. SHO Nooriabad Hashim Brohi has confirmed that 10 people have died of burns as a result of the fire.
Provincial Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the district administration of Jamshoro and the police have reached the scene of the incident, relief operations are underway, emergency has been declared in hospitals to provide medical facilities to the injured.
Motorway Police Sector Commander for Jamshoro Farhan Ahmed said that all the passengers in the bus were flood victims, who were returning to KN Shah from Karachi’s relief camp.
He said that as a result of the fire, more than 20 passengers have been injured, the bodies of the dead passengers are still inside the coach. Less lives were lost due to working emergency exit of the passenger coach, the bus was completely gutted due to fire in the AC system of the coach and the fire has now been brought under control.