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This Day in History

World History

Sunday, January 13, 1985. :   392 people are killed when a train derails in Ethiopia.

     Ethiopia is a country of 1,127,127 kmē in size, situated in the Horn of Africa. It is one of Africa's poorest nations, with millions dying from the effects of famine since the early 1980s. Infrastructure in the country is insufficient to meet the needs of the population. On 13 January 1985, the nation was hit by another disaster, when a train derailment killed 392. The train was about 200km from Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, when it derailed at a crossing, sending several carriages plunging into a ravine. The actual death toll remains unknown, as some reports estimated it at 428; regardless, the accident was the world's third worst.

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