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Death toll in Pakistan train accident rises to 63

Death toll in Pakistan train accident rises to 63
Death toll in Pakistan train accident rises to 63

At least 63 people were killed in a train accident in southern Pakistan on Monday, officials of Pakistan Railways said.

Officials issued two death lists, including 12 unidentified people who died in the accident, which occurred early on Monday, when a train derailed and collided with another train coming from the opposite direction.

The previous toll was 43 dead.

A spokesman for Pakistan Railways told AFP that ambulance teams were active at the site to get an unknown number of passengers stuck in the wreckage of the “Mult Express” train near Daharki in Sindh province.

The train coming from Karachi derailed at dawn on Monday, near the city of Daharki, before colliding with another train coming in the opposite direction, according to the spokesman.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked”.

“I have ordered a full investigation regarding the lack of safety on the railways,” he confirmed on his official Twitter account on Monday.

Rail accidents are frequent in Pakistan, where the extensive railway network and trains dating back to the British colonial era.

The network, spanning thousands of kilometers, has been neglected for decades due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment in this sector.

In 1990, a collision of two trains in Sindh province killed more than 300 people and injured 700 others near the town of Sukkur when a crowded convoy of 16 vehicles collided with a freight train.

In October 2019, at least 75 people were killed in a fire on their train from Karachi to Rawalpindi

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Death toll in Pakistan train accident rises to 63
Death toll in Pakistan train accident rises to 63

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