10 Nov 2012

Myanmar train crash and fire leaves 25 dead

12:21 pm on 10 November 2012

At least 25 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a large fire sparked by a train derailment in north-west Myanmar.

Two petrol tankers loaded onto the train overturned in the accident, and many of the dead and injured were local villagers trying to collect the fuel.

Sixty-two people were hurt in the fire which broke out at about 2.30pm on Friday in Kanbalu in Sagaing Region bordering India, the information ministry said.

"While some people from nearby villages were collecting the oil, the fire spread and 25 of them were killed and 62 injured, according to initial information," the ministry said.

Safety standards are generally poor in Myanmar which is emerging from decades of military rule under a new quasi-civilian government, and the decrepit rail system has suffered from years of under-investment, AFP reports.