In Summary
  • A freight train carrying transporting 13 oil tankers derailed while climbing a slope.
  • It fell into a ravine and the tankers caught fire.

LUBUMBASHI

Up to 33 people were feared dead on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a freight train carrying fuel plunged into a ravine.

The UN's radio Okapi spoke of 33 fatalities with others injured or burned in the accident that occurred in the sprawling mineral-rich province of Katanga, which is the size of Spain.

DEATH TOLL

"Up until now the toll is eight dead and several injured. The toll could be significantly higher," Jean-Marie Tshizainga, the minister of mines of Lualaba province told AFP.

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

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