Death toll rises to 65 in Pakistan’s deadly train accident: Official – News Vibe24

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    Karachi: The death toll in Monday’s train crash in Pakistan’s Sindh province rose to 65 on Tuesday, an official said, even as opposition parties called for an immediate inquiry into the cause of one of the country’s worst accidents.
    At least 65 people were killed and more than 100 injured in twin accidents between Reti and Daharki railway stations, where eight Millat Express trains derailed shortly before the Sir Syed Express crashed near Dharki, a town in the Ghotki area of ​​upper Sindh. . Monday morning.
    The rescue operation was completed and the track cleared after 17 coaches damaged by the accident and the train engine were recovered, Geo News reported as railroad inspector Sikar Tike Latfi.
    “The track up and down has been restored. We have received orders to continue the train service,” he said.
    Ghotki Senior Police Inspector (SSP) Umar Tufail told reporters that the death toll rose to 65 after more bodies were recovered.
    He said more than 100 people were also injured, some of them seriously.
    Railway Minister Azam Swati said that if his resignation meant the dead could be revived, he was ready to do so even as he promised a thorough investigation.
    He said the railroad tracks in Scarr Division were in poor condition.
    “We need to find out now who is responsible for this accident,” he said.
    The fatal accident happened when the Sir Syed Express en route from Rawalbid to Karachi, coming from the other direction, crashed into derailed coaches of the first train on the adjacent track, a Pakistani railway spokesman said.
    “The driver tried to apply emergency brakes, but the locomotive hit the offending coaches,” the Pakistan Railways said in an initial report.
    Rescuing trapped passengers was a “challenge” for rescue workers who had to use heavy machinery to free people. Efforts have been hampered by the lack of suitable cutters.
    Meanwhile, the chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (MAT) Balola Burt Zaradi called for an immediate investigation into the tragedy.
    He said that since the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan took power in 2018, train tragedies have become more frequent, while “government ministers are engaged in their politics”.
    Other opposition parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), called for a parliamentary debate on Monday.
    The representative of the Standing Committee on Railways, Ramesh Lal, and Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani of the NGO acknowledged that the railway authorities had failed to take timely action despite repeated reports of poor train safety.
    Road accidents are common in Pakistan and dozens of people die every year. Railways have seen decades of decline due to grafting, mismanagement and lack of investment.
    According to a senior former railway official, such accidents occur from time to time throughout Pakistan, as the railway network remains obsolete in many places.
    “In some areas, they still use the same network and parts that were installed before the apartment,” said a former official.
    In July 2020, at least 20 people were killed when a Shah Hussain Express train crashed into a train near Punjab’s Sihupura.
    About 30 people were traveling in the vehicle from Nankana Shahb to Peshawar, of which 13 men and seven women died in the accident. The deceased had included 19 Sikh pilgrims and the driver of the vehicle.
    The incident came four months after a bus crossing an unmanned railway crossing near Rochry in Sindh was hit by a Pakistan Express train bound for Lahore coming from Karachi on February 28, 2020, killing at least 19 people and leaving more than 30 injured. injured.

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