Disasters & Accidents

Death toll rises to 35 in train collision in Pakistan

Islamabad, Jun 7 (EFE).- The number of deaths in the collision of two trains in southern Pakistan increased to 35, while some 50 people could still be trapped inside the damaged wagons, official sources told EFE.

The accident occurred early morning in the Ghotki district of Sindh province, where the Millat Express derailed and collided with Sir Syed Express on the adjoining track, Pakistan Railways spokesman Nazia Jabeen said.

Ghotki deputy commissioner Mohamed Usman Abdullah informed EFE that the number of deaths has climbed to 35 and 45 injured have been hospitalized.

“There are still some passengers trapped and the rescue teams are trying their best to take them out. We guess the trapped passengers could be around the figure of 50,” said Abdullah.

He added they were using machinery to cut through through the wreckage of the two trains, which were carrying some 900 passengers.

The army has been taking part in the rescue operations and mobilized doctors and ambulances.

A team of military engineers have also been sent to the area by helicopter to assist in the cutting open parts of the wreckage.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into causes of the accident.

“Have asked Railway Minister to reach site & ensure medical assistance to injured & support for families of the dead. Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines,” tweeted Khan.

Train accidents are not uncommon in Pakistan, whose rail network dates back to the time when it was a colony of the British Empire, and from which it gained independence in 1947.

In July last year, at least 19 people died and another 15 were injured when a bus carrying pilgrims of the Sikh minority was hit by a train in the eastern province of Punjab.

In October 2019, a total 73 people were killed in an explosion inside a train the southern part of the country, when a gas cylinder exploded while several passengers were preparing breakfast. EFE


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