Train derailment kills 53 people in Cameroon

The derailed train

About 53 people have died when a packed passenger train derailed and overturned in Cameroon.

Transport minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o said some 300 people were also injured in the derailment, and that ‘‘the death toll was likely to rise.’’

The train was travelling between the two biggest cities, Yaounde and Douala, when it overturned near Eseka.

Reports say there were 1,300 people on the train instead of the usual 600.

The train was busier than usual as landslides caused by heavy rains have blocked roads across Cameroon.