At least 50 stowaways were killed when a freight train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday (Friday in Manila), the latest rail tragedy to strike the vast central African nation. “Another disaster! Derailing at 3 a.m. (11 a.m. in Manila, Friday) in Tanganyika [province] near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured,” the Minister for Humanitarian Action Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. Witnesses at the scene and local media feared more than a hundred people could have been killed.
Victor Umba, the union head of the national rail company SNCC, said the freight train ... more