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Live: 30 dead in MP twin train derailment, over 25 still missing
  • 12:55 (IST)

    More than 25 people still missing

    While more than 300 people have been rescued from the site where the Janata and Kamayani express train got derailed last night, many people are still missing. 

    According to NDTV, "More than 25 people are still missing as rescue operations continue."

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Railway Minister calls derailment 'natural calamity'

    Speaking to CNN-IBN outside the Parliament, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that the derailment in Madhya Pradesh could not have been avoided because it was a natural calamity. 

    He said all possible help was being extended by the Centre for rescue operations. 

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Shivraj Chouhan headed to accident site

    Madhya Pradesh CM Shivrah Chouhan is headed to Harda where the Janata and Kamayani Express trains derail killing 30. He says he will speak to the media after taking stock of the situation. 

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Priority of railways should be safety, says Pawan Bansal

    Former Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal criticised the government over the Harda tragedy saying that its priority was bullet trains when infrastructure was not in place. 

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Rescue operations in last leg, death toll at 30

    The search operations in the Janata and Kamayani express train tragedy has reached the last leg and the railways has told CNN-IBN that at least 300 people have been rescued. 

    Even as it began raining again near the accident spot, it is likely to hamper rescue operations. Reports suggest that 30 people have died so far in the accident, among them five were children. 

  • 11:34 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha pays homage to the deceased

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Suresh Prabhu makes statement in Rajya Sabha

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu made a statement in Rajya Sabha over the Janata Express and Kamayani Express derailment, but his words were drowned by the repeated slogans of "we want justice" by opposition MPs. 

  • 11:16 (IST)

    Death toll at 30, 35 trains cancelled

    MoS Railway has told CNN-IBN that 35 trains have been cancelled and 4 trains have been diverted after the Kamayani and Janata Express tragedy in Madhya Pradesh's Harda. 

    The news channel also said that 30 people have died so far. The accident happened because flood waters washed away tthe soil from underneath the tracks, making them crack. 

  • 10:38 (IST)

    Mallikarjun Kharge criticises Railway Ministry

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge today criticised the railway ministry for not taking enough precaution during the monsoon season after the Janata Express and Kamayani Express derailment. 

  • 10:28 (IST)

    Some passengers still stuck

    While the Railway Board chief had said earlier said that all passengers had been rescued from the twin train derailment accident spot, CNN-IBN reports that some people are still stranded. 

  • 10:24 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 28

    Reports suggest that the death toll in the twin train derailment in Harda has risen to 28.

  • 10:22 (IST)

    Help came after 3 hours, says eye witness 

    Speaking to NDTV, an eye witness and passenger of one of the trains said, " We were woken up by a sudden jerk. We realised something had happened. We opened the doors of the bodey and saw there was water everywhere. Help came after almost three hours."

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Road leading to Harda accident spot too has caved in

    CNN-IBN's Shreya Dhoundial, who is reporting from the accident spot in Harda, says that it was not just the ground under the railway tracks that caved in causing the Kamayani, Janata Express train derailemt killing 27 so far, but the road leading to the accident spot too has caved in. 

  • 10:06 (IST)

    Trains diverted, rescheduled after accident

    Several trains have been derailed and diverted because of the derailment in Harda. For those travelling by train today, Central Railways is continuously tweeting out all the diversions and reschedules. 

  • 09:55 (IST)

    Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to visit accident spot today

  • 09:32 (IST)

    Soil underneath tracks shifted causing cracks, says MoS Railway

    According to CNN-IBN, MoS Railway has said that the black cotton soil beneath railway tracks shifted because of rains, that in turn caused cracking of the tracks in Harda. 

  • 09:20 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 27

  • 09:19 (IST)

    Trains detached from derailed bogies, moved to Itarsi junction

    Railway PRO Anil Saxena tells Times Now that the trains have been detached from the derail bogies and have been brough to Itarsi junction. Passengers from both the trains, according to him, have been taken to Itarsi and have been given drinking water and food. 

  • 09:16 (IST)

    President Pranab Mukherjee condoles loss of lives in Harda tragedy

  • 09:02 (IST)

    I hope the injured are provided adequate medical care, says Rahul Gandhi

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, expressing sadness over the train tragedy in Madhya Pradesh, said, "Hope the injured are provided adequate medical care and assistance at the earliest."

  • 08:51 (IST)

    Here are the helpline numbers for Madhya Pradesh train tragedy

  • 08:45 (IST)

    First help came from villagers in Harda, reports CNN-IBN

    While the rescue operations are still on, CNN-IBN's Shreya Dhoundial reports that the good news is that it has stopped raining at the accident spot, which in turn will help rescue operations. 

    She said that while NDRF teams were on their way, the first help, like in most such cases, came from villagers. 

  • 08:42 (IST)

    NDRF teamns have been rushed, Rajnath Singh on train tragedy

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh too took to Twitter to express sadness over the train tragedy in Madhya Pradesh's Harda. 

    Here's what he said: 

  • 08:33 (IST)

    Enquiry ordered into train derailment, says Suresh Prabhu

    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu this morning said that an enquiry had been ordered into the Kamayani, Janata Expess train tragedy and that ex gratia was to be paid to the families of the deceased immideatly. 

  • 08:31 (IST)

    Ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to families of dead

  • 08:29 (IST)

    Surprised by this accident, says Railway Board chief

    Speaking about the accident, Mittal tells CNN-IBN, "We usually keep a close watch on tracks, that's why we were taken by surprise by this derailment."

  • 08:27 (IST)

    We have rescued everyone, says Railway Board chairman

    Railway Board chairman AK Mittal tells CNN-IBN that the disaster management department people and accident relief trains have already reached Harda for rescue operations. 

    "We have also requested NDRF to help us in the rescue operations," Mittal said. 

    He said, "We have already rescued everybody. Other people with minor injuries were given first aid."

  • 08:20 (IST)

    No bogies have fallen into river, says Railway PRO

    The Railway PRO has told CNN-IBN that four coaches of the Janata Express and six coaches of the Kamayani Express have derailed. 

    The PRO dismissed reports of bogies having falled into a river and said that over 250 people had been rescued and that the rescue operations were in the last leg. 

    It also said that several trains that run through the route where the accident occurred had been diverted. 

  • 08:17 (IST)

    Accountability must be fixed, says Digvijaya Singh on train tragedy

    Even as rescue operations continue in Madhya Pradesh's Hardha after the tragic train derailment, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to criticise the Narendra Modi sarkar saying, heads should roll after the incident, but they won't. 

    Taking a dig at Rajnath Singh's 'no one resigns in BJP' comment, Digvijaya accused the BJP of not believing in accountability. 

  • 08:09 (IST)

    Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan issues statement on Twitter

  • 08:05 (IST)

    PM Modi tweets his condolences to the passengers of the Harda train mishap

  • 08:01 (IST)

    Anil Saxena, Spokesperson, Rail Ministry to Times Now

    Relief operations are almost over. Medical team is still rescuing passengers stuck in the bogies submerged in passengers but all other passengers have been rescued. Three special trains carrying doctors and rescue personnel have been dispatched to the spot. Relief teams could not be sent by road due to heavy waterlogging.

  • 07:57 (IST)

    Railway Ministry issues an enquiry into the Harda train tragedy

  • 07:54 (IST)

    Former Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi 

  • 07:48 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 22

  • 07:48 (IST)

    Rail traffic in the area has been hit

    At least 25 trains from Mumbai being diverted. Trains from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were temporarily stopped. 

  • 07:46 (IST)

    OP Singh, DG NDRF on twin train derailment in MP 

  • 07:39 (IST)

    Kamayani Express enroute to Varanasi from Mumbai derailed near Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal, and the Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express derailed around 11.30 late last night. 

  • 07:36 (IST)

    Helpline Numbers

    Kamyani Express Derailment in MP, WCR Helpline No : Itarsi - 07572 241920, Bina - 07580 222052, Harda - 09752460088, Bhopal - 0755 4001609  

    WCR Derailment CR opened Help line no at CST Mumbai: 022-22694040, LTT 022-25280005, Thane 022-25334840, KALYAN 0251-2311499

  • 07:35 (IST)

    Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu posted a series of tweets after the accident detailing the relief operations. 

  • 07:32 (IST)

  • 07:31 (IST)

  • 07:31 (IST)

Harda: Several casualties were feared when a train from Mumbai to Varanasi derailed near Harda in Madhya Pradesh late on Tuesday, with some bogies plunging into Machak river.

Representational Image. AFP

Representational Image. AFP

"Some bogies have fallen into the Machak river," Harda Collector Rajnish Shrivastava said.

Close on the heels of the Kamayani Express' derailment, another train — Janata Express from Jabalpur to Mumbai also derailed near the spot, Hoshangabad Divisional Commissioner VK Badham said.

Kamayani Express plying from Mumbai to Varanasi derailed near Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal. There was no official word on the number of casualties. Television channels reported that several people were feared dead and that five bogies had fallen into the river.

A relief train with doctors and paramedical staff was rushed to the accident site. "Rushing emergency medical & other relief personnel to spot. darkness,water creating hurdles but ordered all possible help. Trying our best (sic), " Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu posted on Twitter.

Prabhu said efforts were underway to pull back the bogies.

"We r gearing up all possible help on basis of info,will not spare any efforts," the Railway Minister said in a series of tweets.

"Rail Admn & MP govt working together to rescue passengers of Kamyani express accident.Directed GM, DRM,RPF medical staff to rush," he added.

Railway authorities were trying to ascertain the reason behind the twin derailment.

PTI


Updated Date: Aug 05, 2015 13:46 PM

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