Cameroon Mourns Train Accident Victims…Flags at Half-Mast


cameroon_flag_halfmastOn 24th October 2016, all flags flew at Half-mast throughout the national territory and in Cameroon’s diplomatic missions abroad in memory of the victims of the Eseka train accident. Cameroon is mourning the lives of 90 of its own that lost their lives during the 21st October train derailment around the town of Eseka in the Nyong and Kelle Division of the Centre Region.

The President of the Republic, Paul Biya issued a decree on the 22nd of October ordering   Monday 24th October 2016 to be a day of national mourning. So far, the number of deaths is registered at 90 with more than 500 persons injured.

It should be noted that, after four days of intensive rescue efforts and search for victims trapped in the wagons of the Camrail train, the official search exercise has come to an end with more than 90 dead bodies pulled out of the wreckage and taken to mortuaries in Yaoundé and Douala. The last victim found was the body of a baby pulled out from the last wagon that was lifted on Monday, 24th October 2014.

The Head of State has also promised that the Government of Cameroon will take care of all the medical bills and treatments of the hundreds of injured citizens.

The Intercity Train of the Cameroon Railway Company, Camrail departed from the capital city Yaoundé at about 11:15am heading to Douala on Friday 21st October 2016 before the fatal accident. This is the worst train disaster in the history of Cameroon.

Foreign Leaders and Heads of International Organisations have extended their condolences to the Nation and wished a quick recovery to the victims. Citizens attended planned church/mosque services across the country.

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