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The death toll in the train crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) south-east province of Lualaba, which killed 34 people and injured at least 26 others on Sunday, is expected to rise a Congolese government official has warned, according to AP.

AP reported that 11 of the 13 train cars were on fire and had continued to burn after the freight train carrying fuel  plunged into a ravine.The cause of the derailing of the train, which belongs to the National Railway Company of Congo, is unknown but local officials and train authorities are on the scene assessing the situation.

Dozens of the injured are being treated in Lualaba Hospital, approximately 30 kilometres away from the crash site.

Some of the more serious injuries include those who have lost limbs.

- African News Agency (ANA)