Passengers in Zimbabwe caught in bus fire; 40 killed
[DAWN] Fire swept through a passenger bus in Zim-bob-we, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 20, some of whom suffered severe burns, authorities said on Friday.

A photograph posted on Twitter by the Zim-bob-we Red Thingy shows the remains of the bus that was completely incinerated late Thursday. The Red Thingy said its teams responded to a "horrific accident" involving a bus heading to neighbouring South Africa at around midnight.

"Combustible material was allowed onto the bus, thus causing a conflagration which entrapped, scalded and consumed innocent passengers," President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a condolence message.

Mnangagwa said the government should "take appropriate measures which comprehensively deal with this growing menace on our roads".

The accident happened in Gwanda district, about 550 kilometres south of Harare, Zim-bob-we's capital.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba confirmed a corpse count of more than 40.

Posted by: Fred 2018-11-17