Pakistan train accident: 30 killed in Sindh collision

Trains after a collision in Ghotki Pakistan

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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also took notice of the incident, and has directed the Sukkur commissioner to mobilise the district administration, DAWN reported.

He said that the death toll is likely to rise as one of the bogies is still stuck in the wreckage.

Carriages of the Millat express travelling from Karachi to Sargoda derailed in Ghotki district between Raiti and Dherki and were hit by the oncoming Sir Syed Express from Rawalpindi to Karachi. Army engineers and specialist teams of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) are being airlifted from Rawalpindi to aid the efforts.

The Pakistan Army and the paramilitary Rangers have also reached the incident site and are taking part in the rescue efforts.

Footage from the site shows the wreckage several carriages lying on their side.

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

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

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.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was shocked by the "horrific accident" and added that he had asked the railways minister to reach the site of the accident and ensure medical assistance to the injured and support for the families of those who lost their lives in the mishap.

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

The year 2019, meanwhile, proved to be one of the worst years for Pakistan Railways and its huge number of passengers as a number of accidents, including the frightful Tezgam fire tragedy in October, exposed wrong decision-making and incompetence allegedly on the part of the management while dealing with the department's operations. Karachi-bound Awami Express was stopped at Liaquatpur railway station.

With additional input from AFP.

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