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More than 50 killed after train derails in Congo – minister

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Up to 50 people were killed when a train derailed in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Tanganyika province in the early hours of Thursday, but there were wide variations in their death tolls, government officials said.

Humanitarian Affairs Minister Steve Mbeki said the incident took place at around 3 am local time in the town of Maynard and the death toll was 50.

“I offer my condolences to the families of the deceased on behalf of the government,” he said on Twitter.

Tanganyika Governor Zoe Kabila later said the initial death toll was 10 in addition to 30 injured. He said three of the train cars had derailed.

Such incidents are common in the Congo due to deteriorating infrastructure and lack of regulation.

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