Rwanda-Tanzania SGR to go to eastern DRC

The standard gauge railway (SGR) train in Kenya. Plans are underway to extend the planned Rwanda-Tanzania SGR to eastern DR Congo. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

A plan by Tanzania and Rwanda to extend the joint standard gauge railway line to link Kigali and Rubavu on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo seems to have gained fresh impetus after President Felix Tshisekedi’s recent visit to Dar es Salaam.

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Déraillements de Katongola et Kabongo : le gouvernement conclut à des erreurs humaines

Un train de la Société nationale de chemin de fer (SNCC)

Les déraillements de deux trains de la Société nationale des chemins de fer du Congo (SNCC) à Katongola et Kabongo (Katanga), respectivement les 22 avril et 4 mai dernier, sont dus à des erreurs humaines. Le ministre des Transports, Justin Kalumba, l’a affirmé mercredi 14 mai au cours d’un point de presse à Kinshasa, à l’issue des enquêtes sur ces drames. Selon lui, les conducteurs étaient en excès de vitesse et les wagons étaient surchargés. Ces accidents ont fait au total 141 morts et 194 blessés, selon le ministre Kalumba.

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At least 63 killed as speeding Congo train derails: government official

Un train de la Société nationale de chemin de fer (SNCC)

(Reuters) – At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga province when a train speeding too fast round a bend derailed, a provincial minister said on Wednesday.

Fifty others were trapped inside the goods train after 12 of its carriages flipped off the track in the accident near Likasi, a mining town between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi in the copper and cobalt-rich southeast.

“Evidently the train was going too fast, the driver came to a curve and had to break suddenly leading to the accident,” said Dikanga Kazadi, Katanga’s interior minister.

He said the priority was rescuing those still trapped and a team had been sent to investigate the cause of the accident. A witness said he counted 37 bodies at the scene. Continue reading “At least 63 killed as speeding Congo train derails: government official”

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