A tragic train derailment occurred in southern Pakistan, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 people and leaving many others injured.
The incident involved the Hazara Express, an express train carrying approximately 950 passengers from Karachi to Havelian.
The train derailed near the town of Nawabshah, with at least 10 carriages veering off the tracks.
Initial reports indicate that the train was traveling at a moderate speed of about 28 mph (45 kilometers per hour) when the derailment happened.
However, the cause of the accident remains uncertain at this point.
Emergency services responded promptly to the scene, with rescue workers trying to extract survivors from the mangled wreckage.
Tragically, women and children were among the victims of this devastating event.
The deteriorating state of Pakistan’s railway infrastructure has come under scrutiny once again due to this tragic incident.
The frequency of fatal train accidents in the country highlights the urgent need for improvements in safety standards and the upgrade of rail carriages and tracks.
Despite numerous pledges by successive governments to address the issue, significant progress has been limited.
As rescue efforts continue, authorities have declared an emergency at all hospitals in Nawabshah to accommodate the influx of injured passengers.
Army helicopters have been deployed to transport the wounded to nearby hospitals, and relief operations face challenges due to the remote location of the accident.
The incident has left a sense of grief and sorrow among survivors and their loved ones, raising concerns about the lack of safety measures in the country’s railway system.
Pakistan’s railways minister expressed concern about potential accidents, emphasizing the need for urgent action to prevent such tragedies in the future..