Death toll from a fire in three bogies of Rawalpindi bound Tezgam train near Liaquatpur city has risen to seventy four.
An official of Rahim Yar Khan district administration told Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur correspondent Sajjad Pervez, three coaches of the train caught fire by burst of two gas cylinders when passengers were preparing breakfast this morning.
Incharge Rescue 1122 Bahawalpur Baqir Hussain said the fire extinguishing and cooling process has been completed, and the injured passengers were shifted to Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan hospitals.
Information about the incident can be obtained through helpline number 0300-8060780 while an emergency center has been set up at Karachi Railway Station, which can be accessed through telephone number 021-99213506.
Railway traffic has been suspended following the incident but the track will hopefully be opened for rail traffic within three hours.
Divisional Commercial Officer, Pakistan Railway Multan Division Nabila Aslam told our Correspondent that the rescue and relief operation has been completed.
She told that total two hundred and seven passengers on board in the three economy coaches of Tezgam which caught fire during the incident.
She said now railway track is clear and train traffic has been restored on Up and Down track.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed announced a compensation package of one point five million rupees for the heirs of each died passenger while half million rupees for each injured passenger.
He also thanked Army Chief for participation of Pak Army troops in relief and rescue operation.
PM directs to provide all possible assistance to bereaved families
Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and expressed deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the train incident.
The Prime Minister directed to provide all possible assistance to bereaved families and medical facilities to injured passengers.
He also directed to complete the inquiry of the incident as soon as possible and deal with all responsible according to the law.
The Railway Minister informed the Prime Minister that 74 passengers have been died while 40 others injured in the tragic tragedy.
He also briefed Imran Khan about causes of the incident. He said that fire engulfed three bogies of the train due to burst of cylinder at Liaquatpur in Rahim Yar Khan this morning. He said two gas cylinders were using by passengers illegally in an economy coach.
President, PM express deep grief over loss of precious lives
President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in Tezgam Express fire incident.
In their separate condolence messages, they condoled with the bereaved families.
The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to provide prompt and best possible medical treatment to those injured in the incident.
UN chief expresses sorrow
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his sorrow over the deaths of dozens of people in the train accident.
His spokesman, Farhan Haq, said in a statement the Secretary-General is saddened by the deaths of so many people in the train accident in Pakistan, and he sends his condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy.
Special Assistant on Information & Broadcasting condoles with bereaved families
Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in Tezgam train incident. She condoled with the bereaved families.
Punjab CM directs to provide best possible medical care free of cost
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar while expressing his grief and sorrow over the incident directed the administration to provide best possible medical care free of cost and other facilities.
Punjab Minister for Health declares emergency in all public hospitals of Bahawalpur, RYK
Punjab Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid has declared emergency in all public hospitals of district Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan due to fire incident in Tezgam Express at Liaquatpur near Rahim Yar Khan.
CM Sindh expresses deep grief on loss of precious life in Tezgam Train incident
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has also expressed his deep grief and sorrow on the loss of precious life in Tezgam Train incident.
He directed deputy commissioner Hyderabad to set up a special desk in deputy commissioner office for the facilitation of deceased families. He said that the affected passengers’ families can get the information by dial 0229200244.
Governor, CM Balochistan express heart felt grief over loss of precious lives in train incident
Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai and Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan have expressed heart felt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the tragic train incident.
In their separate condolence messages, both the leaders said that the people of Balochistan equally share this critical moment with the entire nation especially with grieved families of the victims.