Death toll in Pakistan rail accident rises to about 40
Images captured by mobile phones showed a tangle of twisted iron and several green Pakistan Railways carriages overturned. There are at least 64 people injured in the accident
The death toll due to the railway accident that occurred at dawn this Monday in the Pakistani city of Daharki, located in the province of Sindh (southeast), has risen to 37, as reported by the Police and the rescue teams operating in the zone.
These sources have indicated that at least 64 people have been injured in the incident, caused by the derailment of the Millat Express, against which the Sir Syed Express was later crashed, as reported by the Pakistani television channel Geo TV.
The superintendent of the Ghotki Police, Umar Tufail, has advanced that the death toll could increase in the next few hours, since the rescue teams have not yet been able to access several compartments badly damaged by the impact.
Official sources have also pointed out that rescue operations have been hampered by the darkness and have added that the arrival of heavy machinery to the area to support the work has been delayed by the state of the routes.
For his part, the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Jan, has been “shocked and horrified” by the incident and has highlighted through his account on the social network Twitter that he has asked the Minister of Railways to “go to the place and guarantee medical aid for the wounded and support for the families of the deceased.
Jan has advanced that he has ordered a “comprehensive” investigation into the failures in the security of the country’s rail network. Accidents of this type are common in Pakistan, where tracks laid a century ago have hardly been improved.