34 are dead and at least a hundred injured – including women and children – in one train accident happened in the South of Pakistan, near the city of Daharki, in the district of Ghotki, Sindh province. Intercity “Millat Express” – which connects Karachi, the largest city in the country, to Sargodha – is derailed in the very early hours of Monday morning ruining on the opposite track, where it was soon after swept up from another passenger train, the Sir Syed coming from Rawalpindi, which itself has overturned.
Railways spokesman Umar Tufail reported that between 15 and 20 people are still there trapped inside the Millat Express: rescuers and ordinary citizens are working to get them out. The army and paramilitary forces also reached the scene of the accident, in the open countryside. The images circulating in the media show masses of sheet metal and several wagons overturned, at least six of which were destroyed. A total of about 1,100 people traveled on board the two trains.
The prime minister Imrat Khan he said he was “shocked” by the disaster and promised a thorough investigation into the incident. Accidents of this type are frequent in the Asian state, which has inherited thousands of kilometers of track from theBritish colonial era, without knowing how to manage them adequately due to corruption and lack of investment. In October 2019, a train from Karachi to Rawalpindi burned down, killing 75 passengers, while a head-on between two convoys in Karachi in 2016 killed 21.