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Nigeria condoles with India over train disaster

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
21 November 2016   |   2:25 am
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi over yesterday’s train disaster in which more than 100 passengers lost their lives near Pukhrayan.
Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a derailed train near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on November 20, 2016. Emergency workers raced to find any more survivors in the mangled wreckage of an Indian train that derailed on November 20, killing at least 120 people, in the worst disaster to hit the country's ageing rail network in recent years. Shocked passengers recalled being jolted out of their early morning slumber by a violent thud as 14 carriages leapt from the tracks in a remote area near Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh state. PHOTO: SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a derailed train near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on November 20, 2016. Emergency workers raced to find any more survivors in the mangled wreckage of an Indian train that derailed on November 20, killing at least 120 people, in the worst disaster to hit the country’s ageing rail network in recent years. Shocked passengers recalled being jolted out of their early morning slumber by a violent thud as 14 carriages leapt from the tracks in a remote area near Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh state. PHOTO: SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi over yesterday’s train disaster in which more than 100 passengers lost their lives near Pukhrayan.

Buhari who said he received the news of the train derailment and heavy loss of lives with shock, expressed great sorrow as he commiserated with the families of the victims.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said “the loss of human life on whatever scale, and anywhere, is bad enough,” adding that “the world becomes united in sorrow during such moments because our common humanity makes us a family.”

Buhari said that the government and the people of Nigeria felt and shared the pains and the anguish of the families of the victims and all Indians.