At least 18 passengers died on Wednesday after a bus caught fire on the motorway near Jamshoro’s Nooriabad Town. 

Jamshoro deputy commissioner confirmed the death toll that included eight children and nine women.

The Jamshoro District Health Officer (DHO) said bodies are beyond recognition and the members of the bereaved families are unwilling for the DNA test.

Bodies have been shifted to the Edhi morgue at Sohrab Goth, he said. 

The deceased belonged to Khairpur Nathan Shah, the deputy commissioner said. 

The bus, with as many as 80 flood-affected people on board, was heading towards Karachi from Khairpur Nathan Shah, the motorway police said. The passengers were of the Mugheri tribe.

The motorway police said that a fire broke out in the air-conditioning unit of the passenger bus near Nooriabad.

Taking notice of the incident, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah directed the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police to immediately reach the site with ambulances and rescue the affected people.

“The injured should immediately be moved to hospital and the administration should provide all kinds of support to the families of the victims,” he said while expressing grief over the loss of lives.

CM Murad has also summoned an investigation report of the incident.

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