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50 dead in Canada rail disaster

Canadian police have say they have recovered 20 bodies from the Quebec train disaster, and that the 30 people who remain missing are now all presumed dead.

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Up to 2,000 forced out of homes after train blast

Firefighters look at a train wagon on fire at Lac Megantic, Quebec. Credit: Reuters/Mathieu Belanger

Fires continued burning nearly 24 hours after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town centre and killed at least one person.

Police said they expected the death toll to increase.

Up to 2,000 people were forced from their homes in the lakeside town of 6,000 people, about 155 miles east of Montreal and about 10 miles west of the Maine border with the US.

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