Pakistan Passenger Train Derails, Killing At Least 15 People, Geo Reports

[Reuters and BBC] A passenger train derailed in southern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 50, local broadcaster Geo reported.

Around 10 cars of a passenger train derailed near a town in the southern province of Sindh, roughly 275 km (171 miles) from the country’s largest city Karachi.

Accidents on Pakistan’s decaying rail system are common and successive governments have for years been trying to secure funds to upgrade the rail network as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative for infrastructure projects.

Several coaches of the Hazara Express overturned near Sahara railway station in Nawabshah, about 275km (171 miles) from the largest city Karachi.

Wounded passengers have been moved to nearby hospitals. Rescue teams are trying to free people from the twisted wreckage.

The army rescue teams have been called in to assist.

An emergency has been declared in the main hospitals in Nawabshah and neighbouring districts of Sindh.

Videos posted on social media show dozens of people at the site of the accident, with some passengers climbing out of the overturned coaches.

Federal Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique is quoted by local media as saying officials would first focus on rescue efforts before investigating the cause of the accident.

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