At least 30 dead as passenger trains collide in Sindh's Ghotki district

At least 30 dead as passenger trains collide in Sindh's Ghotki district

Two trains collided in Pakistan's southern Sindh Province on Monday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 50 others, according to officials.

The Millat Express derailed and the Sir Syed Express train hit it soon afterward, said Usman Abdullah, a deputy commissioner in Ghotki.

According to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), relief and rescue efforts are underway at the incident site and Army and Rangers troops are assisting in the relief and rescue operation. Around 15 to 20 passengers are reportedly still trapped in the wreckage.

Local media quoting hospital official said that the death toll might rise because several of the wounded people were in critical condition.

Officials at Pakistan railways said they had ordered an investigation and rescue work was still in progress.

Divisional Transport Officer of Pakistan Railways in Sukkur division Sajjad Wagho told Xinhua that the collision took place between the Millat Express and Sir Syed Express trains in Raiti and Ubauro areas of Ghotki district.

Wagho said a relief train has also reached the nearby station to shift the injured people to hospitals and help other unhurt passengers to go to another railway station to continue their journey.

Railways Minister Azam Khan Swati has sought a preliminary investigation report within 24 hours.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where successive governments have paid little attention to improving the poorly maintained signal system and ageing tracks.

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

On March 7, a woman was killed while 30 were injured after several coaches of the Lahore-bound Karachi Express derailed between Mando Dero and Sanghi railway stations near Rohri.

30 people have died after two trains collided in Pakistan. The same year, 74 passengers were killed, with 90% of them burnt alive, and over 40 were injured after three coaches of the Rawalpindi-bound Tezgam Express caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan.

In 1990, a packed passenger plowed into a standing freight train in southern Pakistan, killing 210 people in the worst rail disaster in Pakistan's history.

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