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Rescue Efforts Underway As Death Toll Reaches 45

Ghotki: The death toll of Ghotki train accident has mounted to 45 as Pakistan army’s relief and rescue efforts are underway at the train accident site and Army and Rangers troops are assisting in the relief and rescue operation.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said a military doctor and paramedics, along with ambulances, moved from Pannu Aqil has also reached the incident site and were participating in the rescue operation.

Army engineers and specialist teams of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) also reached the site after being airlifted from Rawalpindi to aid the effort, the ISPR statement read.

It said that engineer resources have been moved to carry out necessary relief and rescue work. The army s special engineer team Urban Search and Rescue is being heli-lifted from Rawalpindi to the crash site to speed up relief and rescue efforts.

A rescue train reached the site hours after the fatal crash. Officials were still trying to retrieve bodies and the injured from one of the mangled coaches, with the effort being hampered by lack of appropriate cutters. The Pakistan Army and the paramilitary Rangers also reached the incident site and are taking part in the rescue effort.

The USAR teams, equipped with disc cutters, hydraulic spreaders and other specialised machinery, are taking part in the rescue operation. Rescue 1122 teams from Rahim Yar Khan are also present and aiding in the cutting of the coaches to rescue those trapped inside.

Most of the injured have been shifted to Ghotki, Rahim Yar Khan and Mirpur Mathelo, said the military’s media wing, adding that those seriously injured in the mishap were evacuated via helicopters.

A relief camp has been established by the military personnel, providing first aid and cooked meals to the passengers.

Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati, who also reached the incident site later in the day, has taken notice of the train mishap and ordered an inquiry.