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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:34 - Updated Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:35

DR CONGO: 33 feared dead in train derailment

KInshasa - UP to 33 people were feared dead yesterday in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a freight train carrying fuel plunged into a ravine.

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The United Nations radio Okapi said there had been 33 fatalities with an unknown number of others injured or burned in the accident in the province of Lualaba.

Jean-Marie Tshizainga, minister of mines in Lualaba province, gave a toll of eight dead and several others injured.

"The toll could be significantly higher," he told AFP.

The train, in which the victims were travelling illegally, was running between the country's second city of Lubumbashi and Luena.

The train was transporting 13 oil tankers and derailed while climbing a slope near the station of Lubudi.

It fell into a ravine and the tankers caught fire, Okapi said.

"It's a freight train that derailed, and it wasn't supposed to be carrying passengers. If there were people on board, we consider them to be illegal travellers," said Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, a senior official from the national railway company.

The region has witnessed several deadly train accidents.

In 2014, a freight train derailed, killing 74 people and injuring 163, according to officials, but the Red Cross said up to 200 corpses had been buried.

The national news agency a month later reported 136 deaths.

Another accident in July 1987 near the Zambian border killed 150 people after a train crashed into a truck. - AFP

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