Fifty killed as train derails in DR Congo


At least fifty people have been killed and 23 others injured when a train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Country’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Steve Mbikayi, said the accident took place about 3am local time (02:00 GMT) in the town of Mayibaridi in Tanganyika province.

“Speaking for the government, I present my condolences to the families affected,” Mbikayi said in a tweet.

DRC railways have a poor record for safety, hampered by poor tracks and decrepit locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s.

In March, at least 24 people were killed and 31 were injured Sunday when a freight train carrying illegal passengers crashed in the central region of Kasai.

In November 2018, 10 stowaways were killed and 24 injured near the eastern town of Samba when the brakes failed on a freight train.

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