Published on : Wednesday, December 25, 2013
A cargo train crashed into makeshift houses in Nairobi’s largest slum in Kibera on Sunday morning injuring about 10 people, Kenyan Red Cross officials confirmed. No deaths, however, have been reported till now and the rescue team also allayed fears that many people may have been trapped underneath the rubble of the Sunday’s crash.
The rescue team includes the Kenyan Police, Red Cross and other government officials.
The injured have since been taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital were they are receiving treatment.
It has been suggested that the low causality rate may be because people had gone to church for Christmas and also many have traveled home to spend the holidays with the families.
The cargo train, on its way from Mombasa, is reported to have been transporting 22 wagons and imported wheat to Uganda before it derailed in Kibera.
Kibera is considered one of the largest slums in Kenya and Africa. It is home to an stimated 250,000 people, some of who live in makeshift structures built as close to one meter from the railway line.