(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: Two passenger trains have collided in Sindh killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.07: Rescue teams took the injured to nearby hospitals and it is thought that several are in a critical condition:

PAKISTAN: Train Crash: 36 killed in collision: Officials said that one train travelling in Sindh province had derailed and landed on another track. A second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.

43 minutes ago: Footage shows the aftermath of a collision between two trains in Pakistan.

Pakistan has seen a string of deadly train accidents over the past years.

Between 2013 and 2019, 150 people died in such incidents, according to local media reports.

A senior official in the Ghokti district, Usman Abdullah, told Reuters news agency it was hard to know how many people were still trapped in the train.

“There are about six to eight bogies [carriages] that are totally smashed… there is a sleeper train, AC [air conditioned] class, as well as economy class, in which there were between 47 to 50 people on this side and around 50 to 60 people on the other train,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked” by the accident and promised a full inquiry. 

Footage from the site shows the wreckage of several carriages lying on their side. It is not clear what caused the derailment. 

Several people are though to remain trapped. News agency AFP quoted a railway spokesperson as saying: “The site is far and that’s why we are facing some trouble in the rescue work.” 

Hospitals in the area have been put on emergency alert to deal with the casualties.

The accident happened early on Monday when the Millat Express coming from Karachi derailed, falling onto another track. The Sir Syed Express coming from Rawalpindi collided with it and overturned.

Local media have cited officials as saying that a relief train has been dispatched to the crash site while helpline centres have been set up for passengers. 

Railway accidents are not uncommon in Pakistan, often caused by derailment and collisions at unmanned railway crossings.

Train travel is an extremely popular mode of travel in the country, especially among middle and lower income groups, with tracks spanning the length and breadth of Pakistan.

However, carriages are often overcrowded and many of the trains are in poor condition.

Last July 21 people were killed near Sheikhupura, Punjab province, when a train travelling from Karachi to Lahore hit a van carrying Sikh pilgrims in deadly Pakistan train crash

In October 2019 a fire caused by a gas cylinder killed more than 70 passengers on a train travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi, and another 20 people were killed in a train crash a few months earlier, in July 2019.

Data from Pakistan Railways shows there were 757 train accidents between 2012 and 2017 – an average of about 125 incidents a year.

According to the authorities, the three major causes of train accidents in Pakistan are lack of track maintenance, signal issues and older engines.

Casualty figures are often high because trains are packed with far greater numbers of passengers than they were designed for.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.07: 2021:

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PAKISTAN: ‘ Flooding and Monsoons Displace Two Million People as Humanitarian Crisis Grows ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN (Islamabad)- September 14 – Spa Authorities were struggling 

Saturday to rescue thousands of people stranded by floods in more than 100 villages in central Pakistan, dpa quoted officials as saying.

Pakistan Floods

Several artificial breaches were created along the protective embankments of Chenab river to divert flood-water away from the historic city of Multan, civilian administrator Zahid Saleem said.

He said the threat to the city was almost over, but the diversion of water has affected 126 small villages and hamlets.

Thousands of relief workers, policemen and soldiers were working to evacuate areas and deliver relief supplies, state-run Pakistan Television reported.

The flooding began September 03 due to heavy monsoon rains.

About 280 people have been killed in the eastern province of Punjab province, Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the semi-autonomous Gilgit-Baltistan regions in the north, National Disaster Management Authority official Ahmed Kamal said.

More than 2 million people have been displaced.

The disaster agency said the flooding would continue for at least another week before the excessive water could drain out through the southern province of Sindh.

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` Escalation of Violence has been Increasing since the Cease-Fire by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – KARACHI April 30 – An explosion took place near a mosque in Delhi colony area of Karachi killing at least four persons,including a woman, and injuring more than 20 others, DawnNews reported.

Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon talking to media persons at the blast site confirmed that four persons had died in the explosion.

He also said that three government vehicles were damaged in the attack and that these vehicles were the apparent target of the blast.

The information minister said that there had been an escalation in such incidents after the expiry of ceasefire announced by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Five auto rickshaws, ten vehicles and scores of motor cycles were destroyed as a result of the blast whereas the windows of several nearby buildings were left shattered.
Ten kilograms of explosives were used in today’s explosion, sources in the bomb disposal unit told DawnNews.

They added that around the time of the explosion, a bus with employees of the official residence of the Sindh chief minister had left Masjid-i-Yasrab shortly after Friday prayers.

The sources said the attack was most likely aimed at the bus carrying the CM house employees, adding that the bomber who was in a rickshaw exploded before getting to its target.

Moreover, Inspector General Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said the bus with the CM employees could have been the target of the attack.

Security personnel also claimed to have taken two suspects into custody who were shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.

NATION – DAWN – PAKISTAN TIMES

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