By Nda Hope Ndeh, In Buea

At least 50 people have been killed and over 23 injured, after a train derailment in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Eastern province of Tanganyika, the country’s Humanitarian Minister has confirmed.

Steve Mbikayi said the accident happened on Thursday at about 3am local time (02:00 GMT) at Mayibaridi in Tanganyika province.

Rescue workers have been dispatched to the scene. Tanganyika Governor, Zoe Kabila gave contradictory statistics of the incident, mentioning that 10 people were killed and 30 injured.

The exact cause of the derailment is yet to be established, but Governor Kabila told Reuters that the train’s carriages had come off the tracks.

DRC’s national railway company agreed an accident took place. Hubert Tshiakama, the company’s Head of Operations told Aljazeera that “for now we cannot determine the causes of the accident.”

DRC’s railway system has many shortcomings, with poor railway tracks and archaic locomotives, some acquired since 1960.

Between 2017 and 2019, about 119 people have been killed and scores injured due to train accidents in the country.

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