52 people killed in a bus fire in Kazakhstan

NATION-NOW     52 migrant Uzbek workers killed in Kazakhstan bus fire reports     
       52 killed in Kazakhstan bus fire reports

55 passengers and two drivers were on board, ' the central Asian nation's emergency services ministry said.

Of the survivors, two are citizens of Kazakhstan who were taking turns to drive the bus, and three others are from Uzbekistan.

All of the victims were Uzbekistan citizens, officials said citing preliminary information. 52 people were burnt alive when a bus burst into flames.

No cause for the fire was given, though a subsequent release from regional authorities said that most of the almost 200 vehicle fires previous year were because of electrical problems.

'Five passengers received medical assistance.




People put a bandage on a man's hand at the scene of an incident involving a bus burning on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russian Federation, in the Aktobe region, Kazakhstan January 18, 2018.

Kazakhstan emergency ministry representative Imankulov did not confirm this however, telling AFP: "It's too early to talk about the reasons for the fire".

Authorities said the bus had begun its journey in Shymkent and was traveling to Russian Federation.

A short circuit may have caused the fatal blaze, authorities stated at the briefing, adding that the bus was also overloaded.

A photograph taken later showed the blackened vehicle. Footage of the fire showed black smoke and flames billowing from the vehicle that was completely charred.

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