Georgia saddened by deadly bus fire in Kazakhstan

The bus, carrying 55 passengers and two drivers, was traveling along a remote road in the Aktobe region. Photo from aljazeera., 19 Jan 2018 - 12:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has conveyed his deep sorrow to Kazakhstan after a tragic bus fire that killed more than 25 people on Thursday morning.

Georgia’s Foreign Ministry also expressed its "deepest condolences” to the families of the victims of the bus fire in Kazakhstan.

On Thursday morning a bus carrying 55 passengers and two drivers was travelling along a remote road in the northwestern Aktobe region when it burst into flames. As the Kazakh emergencies department said, only five people managed to escape.

The Kazakh Ministry for Investments and Development said that the bus did not have a license to transport passengers.

Citing Kazakh officials, Radio Free Europe said the passengers were migrant workers travelling to Russia.

A special commission to determine the cause of the fire has already been set up. Though an official report has yet to be released, the cause of the fire was most likely a short circuit.