When an express train drove through farmland in Pakistan and hit the carriage of another train that derailed a few minutes ago, a nearby villager was awakened.
“The explosion of the collision was so loud that we woke up in panic,” said Ali Nawaz, who described a crazy effort to help passengers escape the wreckage of the double disaster.
“When we came out of the house, we saw the train stopped, and when we approached the scene, we heard someone calling for help.”
According to officials, at least 63 people were killed in Monday’s crash and dozens of others were injured.
Due to incomplete cell phone signals and poor road networks, emergency services took several hours to reach the scene. The nearest city, Dharki, is about 25 kilometers (15 miles) deep in the Ghotki district in southern Sindh.
The Nawaz family has about 12 people and lives only 500 meters (550 yards) from the track.
These people scrambled to find the most injured passenger and then drove to the hospital, while those passengers who seemed more stable were loaded onto tractor trailers.
The first passenger was the mother of Nawaz’s cousin who drove to the hospital. She died in the back seat.
Back at the farmhouse, on a scorching summer night, the women scrambled to fill the injured person with water.
The 63-year-old Nawaz told Agence France-Presse: “They made a chain-women carry water to the middle point and men carry water to the passengers.” At the time, cows and calves were strolling in the courtyard of his single-story apartment. Home.
Hundreds of disoriented passengers walked out of the train and slowly learned the severity of the crash that crashed six cars.
Together with the villagers, they searched for survivors, and climbed over the dilapidated carriage to find those trapped inside.
The benches on the train were turned into beds to carry people, and the corpses lined up on the ground and were respectfully covered with scarves.
“I work day and night-cooking, making bread and drinking tea-my husband and other male family members continue to provide these foods to victims and rescuers,” Nawaz’s wife Habiba Mai (Habiba Mai) said.
At dawn, an injured passenger and her three children staggered into the house.
“I milked to feed her little daughter,” said 40-year-old Mai.
“The woman’s face was covered with dust, so I washed it with water. She didn’t have slippers on her feet, so I gave her mine.”
Outside their home on Tuesday, military personnel were resting on traditional benches under the neem tree.
A police officer who did not want to be named boarded the car and rewarded his family for helping the rescue work with 50,000 rupees ($320).
“She is a hero,” Mai’s brother-in-law Munir Ahmed said.
Mai stood beside her daughter, handing tea to the visitors who were still gathered outside the house in the evening and the walls were blackened by smoke.
“I’m sitting in front of the stove day and night, my fingers are almost burnt,” she said with a smile. “We tried our best.”