At least 64 people died in a fire in a Pakistani train on Thursday, reports the Pakistani Minister of Railways. At least 30 others were injured.

The fire broke out after a gas bottle with which passengers were preparing their breakfast had exploded. The fire destroyed three carriages. The accident occurred near the city of Rahim Yar Khan, in the south of the Punjab province.

According to a police chief, most people died because they jumped out of the windows of the train that was still running. According to rescue teams, the death toll can still rise. The fire has now been extinguished.

The Pakistani rail network has fallen sharply in recent decades due to a lack of investment and poor maintenance. Four people died in a train accident in September and eleven people died in a train accident in July.

In 2005, 130 people died in a major train collision at a station. Three trains were involved in the accident.

Rescue workers search the train for survivors. (Photo: Reuters)

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