52 people killed in bus fire

Pablo Tucker
January 19, 2018

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a letter of condolences to Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev over deadly bus fire in Kazakhstan, which killed 52 Uzbek citizens.

Uzbekistan's semiofficial Podrobno.uz news website late on January 18 quoted a survivor who said the bus did not have a functioning heater and passengers were using the portable gas cooker to warm themselves. Five people who managed to escape are receiving medical assistance.

"Five passengers managed to escape with injuries".

He said the fire spread through the bus extremely quickly.

He added that the reason for the fire was unknown.

Kazakh media reported the passengers were migrant workers travelling to Russian Federation.

On Thursday morning a bus carrying 55 passengers and two drivers was travelling along a remote road in the northwestern Aktobe region when it burst into flames. Though an official report has yet to be released, the cause of the fire was most likely a short circuit.

The bus was travelling from the southern Kazakh town of Shymkent to the Russian city of Kazan on the Volga river, a distance of around 2,100 kilometres (1300 miles), the Kazakh investments and development ministry said.

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