Fifty-two killed as fireplace engulfs bus in Kazakhstan

Fifty-two killed as fireplace engulfs bus in Kazakhstan

Fifty-two killed as fireplace engulfs bus in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan's emergency officials say 52 people of 57 on the bus died on the fire.

At least 52 people were killed after a bus they were travelling in caught fire in the Aktau region in Kazakhstan today.

Horrific pictures and video show the inferno from which only five people escaped alive. The ministry says that the special Government Commission is meant to establish the causes of the accident together with the representatives of Kazakhstan, and take measures to identify the victims.

Flames spread "extremely quickly" through the bus, which was carrying passangers from neighbouring Uzbekistan, Ruslan Imankulov, an emergency services ministry official, said.

People put a bandage on a man's hand at the scene of an incident involving a bus burning on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russian Federation, in the Aktobe region, Kazakhstan January 18, 2018.

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Authorities said the bus had begun its journey in Shymkent and was traveling to Russian Federation.

He said the bus was registered in the country's South Kazakhstan Region.

The five survivors suffered minor burns and "other traumas" according to emergency services.

The ministry named the vehicle as a Hungarian-made Ikarus. A photograph taken later showed the vehicle completely charred.

In 2015, 16 people, including three children, died in Kazakhstan when a minibus collided with a van on April 20, 2015.

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