At least 18 flood survivors died in a bus fire in Pakistan

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Volunteers gather next to a charred bus on a highway in Nooriabad, Pakistan, Thursday, October 13, 2022. Police say the bus fire killed over a dozen flood survivors, including children and two women. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

NOORIABAD – At least 18 survivors of Pakistan’s flood disaster, including eight children and nine women, were killed when the bus they were traveling in caught fire, police said Thursday.

Police officer Hashim Brohi said the bus was taking the extended family from the southern port city of Karachi to their hometown of Khairpur Nathan Shah after hearing that flood waters there had receded. They were among the thousands who moved to Karachi because of this the country’s deadly floods.

Brohi said the incident happened late Wednesday near the Nooriabad hill walk, which is not far from the local police station and fire department.

“The proximity saved the lives of many bus passengers, with both police and firefighters arriving at the scene within minutes,” Brohi said.

The bus caught fire after the air conditioning shorted out.

He said emergency services took the injured passengers to the main hospitals in Jamshoro and Nooriabad. The corpses, charred beyond recognition, are handed over to the relatives after legal formalities.

Bus fires are commonplace in Pakistan, where safety standards are compromised and traffic rules are flouted.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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