Tezgam Incident

Tezgam incident 31st october 2019

Tezgam caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan and a very tragic incident occurred on Thursday morning, 31st October 2019, claiming loss of innocent lives. The Federal Minister for Railways reported that two gas stoves exploded, setting the train on fire.

There were 207 people in the three bogeys and a total of 933 people on the train. One business class bogey and two economy class bogey caught fire and were destroyed in the incident. There were 156 people in the two economy class bogey and 54 passengers in the business class bogey. 

The train was heading to Rawalpindi from Karachi and was near Tanwari railway station when the fire erupted. As per rescue officials, 74 people were killed in the incident and over 40 people were injured in the fire. According to Deputy commissioner Jamil Ahmed, some injuries were reported because people jumped out of the train because the train did not stop until about 20 minutes after the fire broke out and other injuries were reported because of the fire. The fire tenders and other emergency teams immediately rushed to the site and carried out the rescue operation. Bodies and injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ). The firefighters were sent to extinguish the fire and Pakistan army contingents were also dispatched to the area to take part in rescue activities. Some of those caught in the fire were burned beyond recognition; DNA tests would be needed to enable identification. 

As per rescue officials, the fire was caused by a cylinder exploding on the train, which is a total security failure of how a gas cylinder was allowed in train. Normally fire catching items like petrol, kerosene, gas not allowed in a train. flammable objects like cylinders, gasoline, and stoves are not allowed to be carried on trains as per railways rules regulations. It is illegal to use gas stoves in train but still some people use it and authorities turn a blind eye. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan orders further investigation into the accident.

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