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Train derailment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Train derailments are not uncommon in the DRC, because of the lack of passenger trains or passable roads, passengers often use freight trains to travel long distances. The derailment comes two weeks after a train crash in the same village in mid-March that left at least 75 people dead and 125 injured, according to the government in Kinshasa.

At least seven people were killed on Saturday night in a new freight train derailment in the Lualaba province, in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A new train accident has claimed the life of at least 7 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The provisional toll counts "7 dead and 14 seriously injured", Deoda Kapenda, provincial minister of the Interior, told AFP. The accident took place in the village of Buyofwe, located about 200 km from Kolwezi, the capital of Lualaba province. According to a local official of the National Railway Company of Congo (SNCC), the freight train was made up of eight wagons.

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