In the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 24 people have been killed and 31 injured when a freight train carrying stowaways, derailed in Bena Leka settlement, 140km north of Kananga, one of Kasai province’s main towns.
“We have retrieved 24 bodies, mostly children. It is a provisional toll because the wagons are still overturned,” a railway police official in Bena Leka told AFP news agency. “Most of the passengers are stowaways because it is a freight train. We have suspended the search because night has just fallen in the area,” said the source, who was at the site.
“Several wagons have fallen into the water at the bridge over the Luembe River and five more wagons are still overturned.”
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17 August, 2019