Train crash near Ghotki (Sindh) claims 65 lives (Videos and Text)

KARACHI: Sixty-five voyagers lost their lives and hundred more got wounded when Sir Syed Express and Millat Express collided near Ghotki between Raiti and Obaro Railway stations. 

According to details injured passengers were pulled out of fourteen derailed bogies and shifted to medical facilities. The gravely injured ones had been taken to hospitals by means of Army helicopters. Four bodies of Millat Express got completely destroyed in the collision.  1122 personnel, Police, Army and Rangers troops, who reached the scene of collision carried out the relief and rescue operation. Military doctors and paramedics along with ambulances also reached at site of accident. Passengers’ families and friends can call 041-9200488, 051-9270834, Rohri and Sukkur 071-5813433, 071-9310087 in order to get relevant information.

Aiwan-e-Saddar took to the Twitter to convey President Dr. Arif Alvi’s grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the train accident. Condoling with the bereaved families, Dr. Alvi President prayed for the departed souls.

Prime Minister Imran Khan took to the twitter to express his grief over the collision: “Shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki early this morning leaving 30 passengers dead. Have asked Railway Minister to reach site & ensure medical assistance to injured & support for families of the dead. Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultiness”. 

PM has asked the Minister for Railways to reach the site and ensure medical assistance to injured and support for families of the dead. Meanwhile, taking notice of the accident Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati ordered an inquiry into it. Minister of Railways A spokesperson of Ministry of Railways said the preliminary investigation will be completed within twenty-four hours.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain told by means of Twitter that Railway Minister Swati would arrive at the site of the accident shortly. The grief of the families who lost their lives in the railway accident could not be assuaged via consolation. Prime Minister had asked for a probe to figure out whether the clash was a result of terrorism, technical fault or human error.

Chairman PPP-P Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, addressing the floor of the National Assembly, asked why railway accidents were occurring repeatedly during the PTI-led  incumbent government. “They do political point-scoring even when an incident like this happens…I want to convey a message to the affectees of the crash: We stand with you and demand answers from the authorities,” he added.

Compensation: The Pakistan Railways has announced Rs 1.5 million as financial compensation for families of those killed in the train accident near Ghotki: the injured passengers will be given Rs 50,000 to Rs 300,000 according to the nature of injuries. 

 

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.