At least 44 people died and another four were injured this sunday when a bus through a ravine and catch fire later in the province of Balochistanin the south of Pakistanin the worst accident of its kind in nearly a decade.
”The bus crashed into a guardrail after taking a sharp turn, fell face down into a 15 meter ravine and caught fire”, he told the news agency EFE deputy city commissioner beautiful, Hamza Ajum.
According to the source, the bus was traveling from the eastern city of Quetta to the southern city of Karachi with 44 passengers on boardof which only four survived.
As collected by the Pakistani chain geonewsthe authorities have affirmed that the accident occurred due to the speedingsince the driver would have lost control of the vehicle.
The event took place around 3:30 a.m. (local time, 10:30 p.m. GMT on Saturday) in the Lasbela district, according to the local official, who explained that the fire occurred because the bus was carrying diesel on the roof. When falling off the cliff, the fuel ignited and flames engulfed the vehicle.
“Almost all the bodies are burned to such an extent that they cannot be identified”Anjum said, so they have been transferred to Karachi for DNA tests while the four injured received treatment in the city of Lasbella.
Pictures of the place showed what was left of the burnt out bus near the bridge. The remains of some of the dead were lined up in rows to one side.
The authorities, rescue services and firefighters have come to the scene of the incident to try to extinguish the flames produced after the bus caught fire when it crashed.
The source said that the rescue efforts were hampered by the lack of visibility.
The injured passengers have been transferred to the Civil Hospital of Lasbela in the midst of difficult conditions due to the winter temperatures and the lack of light at that hour of the morning.
The Chief Minister of Baluchistan, Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjolamented the loss of life and ordered the authorities to provide the best medical facilities for the injured.
today’s is the most serious bus accident in pakistan since, in January 2015, 62 people died in the collision of a bus full of passengers with a tanker truck carrying gasoline in the south of the country.
Last October, twenty people died, including 12 children, after the bus they were traveling in caught fire in southern Pakistan.
pakistan has one of the highest traffic accident rates in the world due to the terrible state of its roads, to the deficiencies of the vehicles and to the fact that public transport tends to circulate overloaded with passengers.
According to Pakistani government data, about 30,000 people die annually in accidents traffic in the country.
In a separate incident in northwest Pakistan, At least 10 students taking part in a picnic drowned after their boat capsized in a lake on Sunday, according to police.
The children, from a religious school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, were visiting a lake at Tanda Dam.
There were 25 students on the boat, according to Qismat Khan, a local police officer. Six were rescued, of which three were in critical condition. The deceased were between 11 and 13 years old. Nine children were still missing.
A previous group of 16 students was able to cross the lake in the same boat, but the boat capsized while carrying 25 children on the next trip. “According to initial reports, the overload caused the ship to capsize,” he explained.
Abdul Rauf Qaiserani, the district police chief, went to the scene to supervise the search efforts.
Divers were dispatched from the provincial capital, Peshawar, as none were available at the location. People from the area worked with authorities to remove the bodies from the water.
Pakistan has suffered similar incidents in the past because tourist attractions do not comply with safety measures, such as the use of life jackets.
(With information from EFE, AP and Europa Press)
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