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BANGKOK, Malaysia Twenty-one Myanmar migrant workers were burned to death yesterday after a double-decker bus they were travelling in caught fire in Tak province, western Thailand.

According to the local rescue team, 27 other migrant workers who were also in the ill-fated bus managed to escape the burning vehicle in the 1 am (2 am in Malaysia) incident which occurred at Km60 of Highway 12 near the Thaksin Maharat National Park.

Tak province is located near the Thailand-Myanmar border.

The bus was ferrying about 50 Myanmar migrant workers from Mae Sot province to an industrial park in Pathum Thani in central Thailand when it caught fire.

Initial reports said the fire started from the middle of the bus and spread quickly to the rest of the vehicle, trapping most of the passengers seated at the back.

International agencies estimate that about 4.5 million migrant workers, especially from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, are working in Thailand, ASEAN’s second-biggest economy.

It was the second major road accident involving a double-decker bus in the country, after 18 passengers of a similar type of bus were killed when their vehicle crashed in Nakhon Ratchasima, north-eastern Thailand more than a week ago.

The victims were local tourists returning to their hometown in Kalasin after spending their holiday in Chantaburi province.

Thailand’s roads are some of the most dangerous in the world, according to the World Health Organisation.

Source: Voice of America

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