Pakistan Railway Tezgam Express Train caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan
RAHIM YAR KHAN: At least 74 people were expired and over 40 injured during Cylinder blast in Pakistan Railways Tezgam Express Train near the city area of Liaquatpur which is going from Karachi to Rawalpindi on 31st October 2019.
Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 Fire fighting Teams has extinguished the fire. The fire was caused by a cylinder blast that occurred in the morning when passengers were preparing their breakfast The fire damaged three of the train’s carriages, including two economy class carriages and one business class carriage. Ameer Hussain of tableeghi jamaats had booked the two carriages. There were more than 200 passengers travelling in the three carriages, in which there were at least 77 passengers in one of the carriages while there 78 in the other economy class carriage. At least 54 passengers were travelling in the business class carriage. Women and children are among the victims. Passengers used stoves onto trains in order to cook meals on long journeys.
Tezgam Express fire incident in Rahim Yar Khan.
A Pakistan Railways official confirmed that the fire was caused by the explosion in a gas cylinder. After the blast, the raging fire engulfed two other coaches as well. Pakistan Army soldiers have reached the incident and provide help to the Victims. An army aviation helicopter has reached the scene of the incident for shifting of Patients in Hospitals. Pakistan Army doctors and paramedics have provided first aid treatment.
Tezgam Express caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan.
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of dear lives and has ordered that the injured be provided advance Medical treatment. The injured persons have been shifted to DHQ Liaqatpur, BVH Bahawalpur and Pak-Italian Modern Burn Centre in Multan. Railway administration will provide Rs 15 lakh in insurance cover to the victims of the accident, while Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh will be given to the injured.
Tezgam Express booking information:
The two destroyed coaches were completely booked by Mr Ameer Hussain and passengers from Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Mehrabpur and Rohri started their journey in these coaches.
Name of train victims: Names of Victims will be shown after confirmation from medical team present at the venue of the accident.
An emergency centre established at Karachi railway station can be contacted at 091-99213506.