Deadly train crash claims 32 lives in Sindh’s Ghotki

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SUKKUR: At least 32 people have been killed and 64 injured in a train crash in Sindh’s Ghotki.

Ghotki SSP Umar Tufail has confirmed the death toll, but has said that it may increase.

The Millat Express, on its way to Lahore, and Sir Syed Express, on its way to Karachi, collided near the Mirpur Mathello railway station.

Rescue teams rushed to the scene to recover the passengers stranded in the train bogies.

The Pakistan Army has joined the rescue operation.

A spokesperson for Pakistan Railways told AFP a train heading from Karachi to Sargodha, derailed on to a track carrying a service from Rawalpindi in the opposite direction.

“Several people have been killed and many others trapped inside,” the official said.

Mobile phone footage shown on television from the site showed a mangled wreckage, with several green Pakistan railway carriages lying on their side.

Rail accidents are common in Pakistan, which inherited thousands of kilometres of track and trains from former colonial power Britain.

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

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