Kazakhstan: At least 52 people dead in bus fire

Kazakhstan: At least 52 people dead in bus fire

Kazakhstan: At least 52 people dead in bus fire

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

Only five people aboard a bus in Kazakhstan are believed to have survived a sudden fire.

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The bus, carrying 55 passengers and two drivers, was travelling along a remote road in the northwestern Aktobe region when it burst into flames on Thursday morning. Five people managed to escape and they were treated on the spot.

It was carrying citizens from Uzbekistan along the route that is used to transport Uzbek workers to and from Russian Federation, where they work at construction sites.

It is not yet clear who was travelling on the bus or where they were from, according to Tass.

The ministry said that some of the victims were citizens of neighboring Uzbekistan.

Horrific pictures and video show massive clouds of black smoke and bright red flames billowing from the roof of the bus.

Two of the survivors suffered burns to their hands, emergency services officials said, while others suffered minor injuries.

A photograph posted online from the site showed the bus completely burnt out.

Earlier the emergency situations ministry said it was going to another Russian city, Samara.

The ministry said the vehicle was a Hungarian-made Ikarus.

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