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Friday, 30 March 2018 - 12:19
Bus blaze kills 20 migrant workers in Thailand
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Twenty Myanmar migrant workers died early today (Mar. 30) as fire tore through a bus taking them from a Thai border town to Bangkok, officials said.
 
It was not immediately clear how the blaze started on the bus - one of four travelling together to the Thai capital.
 
But television footage showed a bus destroyed by fire which trapped many passengers inside.
 
Kittisak Boonchan, a rescue worker in Tak province, told reporters there were 47 people on the bus.
 
The accident took place at 1.25am in the north-western province of Tak which borders Myanmar, a source of much of Thailand's huge migrant labour force.
 
Low status and poorly paid, migrant workers often fall victim to safety lapses and exploitation in Thailand.
 
The kingdom has a poor road safety record on crashes with around 24,000 people perishing on its roads each year, according to the World Health Organization.
 
Last week, 18 people died when a bus veered off the road and smashed into a tree in the north-east of the country.
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