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Deadly train crash claims over 50 lives in Sindh's Ghotki

Prime Minister Imran Khan orders complete investigation of Ghotki train crash

By Amin Hafeez & Imtiaz Hussain & Malik Mohammad Aslam & Yasir Farooqi
June 07, 2021

SUKKUR: At least 51 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after two express trains collided on Monday in Sindh's Ghotki, said police and rescue officials said Monday.

The Millat Express, on its way to Lahore, and Sir Syed Express, on its way to Karachi, collided near the Mirpur Mathello railway station. 

Rescue teams rushed to the scene to recover the passengers stranded in the train bogies. 

The Pakistan Army has joined the rescue operation.

A spokesperson for Pakistan Railways told AFP a train heading from Karachi to Sargodha, derailed on to a track carrying a service from Rawalpindi in the opposite direction.

"Several people have been killed and many others trapped inside," the official said.

Mobile phone footage shown on television from the site showed a mangled wreckage, with several green Pakistan railway carriages lying on their side.

Rail accidents are common in Pakistan, which inherited thousands of kilometres of track and trains from former colonial power Britain.

But the network has seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.

At least 75 people died when a train caught fire while travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi in October 2019.

Two trains carrying hundreds of passengers collided in Karachi in 2016, killing 21 people.

PM Imran Khan wants 'complete investigation' of Ghotki train crash

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his grief and sorrow over the horrific train accident in Ghotki. 

In a tweet on Monday, PM Khan  asked the minister for railways to reach the site and ensure medical assistance to the injured and support for families of the deceased.

He also  ordered a "comprehensive investigation" into railway safety fault lines.

Information, help centres set up by Pakistan Railways

Two information centres have been set up in the Karachi division for information about the accident, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Railways said.

One has been set up  at the Cantt Station in Karachi and one in Hyderabad.

The Karachi one can be contacted on 0331-2716334 and 0300-3754200, while you can contact the Hyderabad centre on 022-9200483, 022-9200258, 022-9200678 and 022-9200674.

With additional input from AFP.