A train in Myanmar carrying petrol derailed and burst into
flames, killing 25 people and injuring 62, most of them
villagers trying to collect fuel spilled in the accident,
state television said.
MRTV said The fire started after three cars loaded with
petrol turned over near a village in Kanbalu township, near
the Indian border, just over 500km north of Yangon, Myanmar's
Residents of Chekgyi village were gathered around the
accident site trying to collect spilled petrol when they were
trapped in the fire. Some 70 percent of Myanmar's 60 million
people live on farms, where fuel is scarce.
An official from Myama Railway Department told Reuters the
death toll might rise as some villagers were seriously
Myanmar is among Asia's poorest countries.
Its quasi-civilian government has opened up the country since
taking over in March 2011 from the military, which had ruled
for nearly 50 years, and pushed through political and
economic reforms, leading Western countries to relax