So far 36 people have died in the train accident in Sindh province of Pakistan, while around 50 people are injured.
At least 36 people were killed and 50 injured when two passenger trains collided in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Monday (Pakistan Train Accident Latest). A Pakistan Railways spokesperson said the ‘Millat Express’ going from Karachi to Sargodha derailed and fell on the front tracks due to which ‘Sir Syed Express’ coming from Rawalpindi to Karachi collided with it.
Due to the collision, the bogies of Millat Express overturned. The accident happened near Daharki town of Ghotki district of Sindh. A state of emergency has been declared in hospitals in Ghotki, Dharki, Obaro and Mirpur Mathelo after the train accident (Pakistan Train Accident News). Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Osman Abdullah told reporters that at least 30 people, including women, were killed and 50 were injured in the train accident.
He told that the officials are also facing difficulties in evacuating the people trapped inside the bogies that overturned in the accident. On the train accident, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “Shocked by the horrific train accident that took place in the early hours today, in which 30 passengers lost their lives. The Railway Minister has been asked to reach the spot, provide help to the families of the dead and provide medical aid to the injured (Train Accident at Pakistan). I am ordering a detailed inquiry into the security lapses in the Railways.
Abdullah told Geo News that 13 to 14 bogies got derailed and six to eight bogies were “completely damaged” in the entire accident. He said, ‘Rescuing the passengers trapped in the bogies remains a challenge for the rescue officials. Heavy machines will be used to rescue those who are still trapped and this work will take time. We are also organizing medical camps to provide medical help to the people. A ‘relief train’ has also been sent from Rohri.
Ghotki senior superintendent of police Umar Tufail said, “Passengers are still trapped in one of the bogies and we are apprehensive that ‘the death toll may increase’.” “Some people died after being pulled out of the damaged bogies,” he said. Officials said that there were more than 1,000 passengers on both the trains (Pakistan Train Accident). A spokesman of the Railway Department said that around 20 passengers are still trapped in some damaged bogies.
These bogies overturned and were damaged. He said that the officials are collecting information about the passengers and employees on board both the trains (Pakistan Train Accident Today News). “Heavy machinery is required to clear the damaged bogies, so it will take some time to complete the rescue operation,” he said. Relief and rescue officials have reached the spot. A senior former railway official said that the rail network in Pakistan has become very old at many places, which becomes the reason for such accidents.