Train fire in India kills 26

TRAGIC. Fire raced through an Indian train carriage packed with sleeping passengers on Saturday, December 28, killing at least 26 people. Photo by AFP

Indian families faced an agonizing wait for the bodies of their loved ones after a fire razed through a train carriage and claimed 26 lives. The blaze swept through the packed carriage on December 28 while passengers were sleeping as the train was traveling from the southern city of Bangalore to the city of Nanded. Some 20 charred bodies have so far been identified but only 8 of them have been handed over to relatives. India’s underfunded and accident-prone rail network, one of the world’s largest, is still the main form of long-distance travel in the huge country despite fierce competition from private airlines.

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