At least 65 people died in a train fire in Pakistan, local authorities report.

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

According to a police chief, most people were killed when people jumped out of the train windows because of the rapidly spreading fire. 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 recently in September. In July, eleven people died in another train accident.

In 2005, 130 people died in a major train collision at a station involving three trains.

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

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