Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
At Least 100 Dead in DRC Train Accident

VOA News - August 2, 2007

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say at least 100 people were killed when a train derailed in the central DRC late Wednesday.

Government and U.N. officials say the train went off the tracks in Western Kasai province, around 170 kilometers north of the regional capital Kananga.

Earlier reports had put the death toll at 30.

An official with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo says the mission has sent a helicopter with doctors, nurses, and medical equipment to the crash site.

DRC Minister of Information Toussaint Tshilombo Send tells VOA the train was meant to carry only cargo, but also carried many passengers.

It is common for trains, boats, trucks in Congo to be overloaded with passengers.

The U.N. mission is in Congo to help the nation recover from years of civil conflict and enforce a ceasefire agreement signed in 1999.  With 17,000 personnel, it is currently the largest and most expensive U.N peacekeeping mission.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

Related articles

  1. At least 60 killed as train derails in Katanga province (April 23, 2014)
  2. Kamerhe Rejects Single Opposition Candidate Strategy (November 19, 2011)
  3. At least 50 Dead after Two Boats Collide on Ruki River (July 29, 2011)
  4. Congo, India to Build Hydro Plant (July 12, 2011)
  5. Minister Sacked over Boat Accidents (May 4, 2011)
  6. Government Launches Investigation into Latest Boat Accidents (September 6, 2010)
  7. Officials Revise Death Toll from Boat Accident (July 30, 2010)
  8. 138 Dead after Boat Sinks on Kasai River (July 29, 2010)
  9. DR Congo boat accident 'kills 42' (July 25, 2008)
  10. Archbishop Djomo elected new president of the CENCO (July 14, 2008)
  11. Government announces end of Ebola outbreak (November 20, 2007)
  12. MONUC denounces the presence of children in FARDC's ranks (October 31, 2007)
  13. Monitoring of Ebola "must continue" (October 3, 2007)
  14. Ebola in DRC: Nearing control of the outbreak, but vigilance still required (October 1, 2007)
  15. Medics Struggle to Limit DRC Ebola Outbreak (September 21, 2007)
  16. Ebola outbreak "contained" - Kabila (September 14, 2007)
  17. Ebola virus outbreak in central DR Congo claims 160 lives (September 12, 2007)
  18. Outbreak in Kasai Occidental confirmed as Ebola (September 11, 2007)
  19. Suspected haemorrhagic fever claims 100 in Kasai (August 30, 2007)
  20. UN Mission Sends More Supplies to Crash Victims in DRC (August 3, 2007)
  21. Congo Suspends Search for Survivors of Cave-In (January 7, 2007)
  22. Boat capsizes, killing 16 (March 21, 2005)
  23. Boat sinks in Kasai River; scores drown (January 18, 2005)

Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio
Available on App Store
Get it on Google Play

Contact Us | About Us | Édition en Français | French Edition

© All rights reserved.