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Indore-Patna Express Derailment: Full Coverage
Indore-Patna Express Derailment: Full Coverage
Updated: November 21, 2016 02:02 IST
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/ indorepatna-express-train-derails-in-kanpur-many-killed/ article9367099.ece
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In the worst rail accident in recent years, 115 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in Kanpur early on Sunday. The tragedy could have been caused due to a rail fracture, according to sources in the Railways.
Four sleeper coaches of the train S1, S2, S3, S4 were badly damaged in the accident.
Over 150 injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals in the area. All hospitals have been asked to be alert. More than 30 ambulances have been pressed into service, Commissioner (Kanpur Zone) Iftikharuddin said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the train tragedy. Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families, he said in a tweet.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the tragedy and announced Rs 3.5 lakh ex-gratia for the families of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those grievously injured.
Special train to carry passengers to Patna
A special train has been arranged to take to Patna the passengers of the Indore-Patna Express, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu says.
Offering all possible support, he says 4,000 food packets, 2000 water bottles, 1500 cups of tea have been supplied free of cost till now to passengers.
A special train is being arranged to take the passengers from Kanpur to Patna, he says.
Mr. Prabhu is at the site after visiting those injured in the hospital.
He says Railway Board special cell is coordinating all arrangements, including relief efforts.
I am personally monitoring rescue and relief operations, he says.
While Railway Board member (Traffic) Mohd. Jamshed is monitoring the disaster management control room in New Delhi, Railway Board Member (Engineering) A.K. Mittal and Board Member (Mechanical) Hemant Kumar are at ground zero to coordinate the national transporters efforts in tackling the situation.
Bihar rushes a three-member team
A three-member team of Bihar government officials has been sent to Kanpur to coordinate with the local authorities and help with the rescue of passengers from the State who were travelling in the train. The team Pratayay Amrit, principal secretary of the State disaster management department, Rial IG Amit Kumar and Inspector General Jitendra Kumar is being flown to Kanpur by a special plane. More...
Two children pulled out alive from wreckage
Two children were pulled out alive from an overturned bogie of the Indore-Patna Express here, offering a glimmer of hope to rescuers looking for survivors among the heaps of metal and scattered baggage.
The two boys aged six and seven were pulled out from the S3 bogie of the train, police officials said.
India train: Rescuers comb through mangled wreckage
Rescuers are combing through mangled wreckage after a train derailed in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state.
At least 120 people are dead after the Indore-Patna Express derailed at 03:00 local time on Sunday (21:30 GMT Saturday), near the city of Kanpur.
The death toll could rise as workers reach the worst-hit parts of the train.
The cause of the crash is not known, though reports said a track fracture could be to blame.
Train accidents are fairly common in India, where much of the railway equipment is out of date.
Early on Monday the railway ministry published a list of names of injured passengers. Out of the 131 listed, 58 were said to be "grievously injured". Earlier reports quoted officials as saying more than 150 people were injured.
Hundreds are taking part in the rescue operation, using machines to cut through the mangled metal or using their bare hands to remove the debris, as police hold back curious onlookers from nearby villages.
Two carriages are completely smashed up beyond recognition. Several other carriages are hanging off the tracks precariously.
Personal effects of passengers - bags, clothes, water bottles - are strewn all over the place. I can see a woman's red dress hanging off the roof of a carriage.
Officials are saying that those still trapped in the wreckage are probably dead by now.
There are two giant cranes trying to remove carriages that have already been cleared of bodies, but it's proving difficult because they're badly damaged. I saw one carriage that was being lifted up suddenly fall to the ground - the crane could not handle it properly.
The derailment had the strongest impact on the first two carriages of the train, which crashed into each other and overturned. Most of the victims were located in these carriages.
According to the Indian Express the carriages were outdated and known for piling up in accidents. The report said the government had promised earlier this year to upgrade all trains.
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