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At least 45 people were killed and over 150 others injured on Sunday when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna express train derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur Dehat district, with railways officials saying the number of casualties could rise.

FP Staff November 20, 2016 16:06:18 IST
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Nov 20, 2016 - 18:07 (IST)

Death toll rises to 115: Reports

According to a PTI report, over 115 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, in the worst train accident in recent years when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Expess derailed here in Kanpur rural area in the wee hours today due to suspected rail fracture.

The death toll is over 115, UP DGP Javeed Ahmad said.Among the dead, 43 have been identified, of which 20 are from Uttar Pradesh, 15 from Madhya Pradesh and six from Bihar and one each from Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited hospitals in Kanpur city and announced financial assistance to the kin of the deceased and those injured in the derailment of Indore-Patna Express, state minister Narottam Mishra informed.

Visiting the injured at Ursula and Hallet Hospitals in Kanpur in the afternoon, Chouhan announced Rs 2 lakh assistance to the kin of each the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. He also said the grievously injured will be taken to Bhopal if they want, the Madhya Pradesh Water Resources minister said.

Mishra himself visited the Mati mortuary in Kanpur rural where bodies of the accident victims are kept.

Expressing satisfaction with the treatment being provided to the injured, "If the injured people want, we will take them to Bhopal for treatment. Also arrangements are being made for taking the bodies of the deceased to their homes in Madhya Pradesh."

With inputs from PTI
 

Nov 20, 2016 - 17:15 (IST)

97 deaths have been verified: Anil Saxena, PRO, Indian Railways 

Nov 20, 2016 - 16:54 (IST)

Major train accidents in recent times

Here is the time line of some of the major train accidents in the country and their toll in recent times:

August 4, 2015: As many as 25 killed and 25 others injured as bogies of Kamayani Express running between Mumbai and Varanasi derail and fall into Machak river between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh. The Janata Express, coming from the opposite direction, too derails at the same spot minutes later.

March 20, 2015: 39 dead and 150 injured as Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derails in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli. 

May 4, 2014: 20 dead and 100 others injured as Diva Junction-Sawantvadi passenger train derails between Nagothane and Roha stations in Raigad district of Maharashtra. 

May 26, 2014: At least 25 killed and over 50 others injured as Gorakhpur-bound Gorakhdham Express rams into a stationary goods train near Khalilabad station in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
 

— IANS

Nov 20, 2016 - 16:05 (IST)

Watch live: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public gathering in Agra

Nov 20, 2016 - 16:03 (IST)

Rescue operations are on and Centre is probing the incident: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Agra

Nov 20, 2016 - 15:17 (IST)

Kanpur train tragedy is one of the biggest rail accidents ever: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan

"According to info, it was a train fracture that led to the incident. It is one of the biggest rail accidents ever," said Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Nov 20, 2016 - 14:46 (IST)

President condoles loss of lives in train accident

President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday condoled the loss of lives due to the derailment.

"I am sad to learn about the accident in which many have lost their lives and a number of persons are injured, when Indore-Patna Express ran off the tracks near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

"I am sure that the state government is providing all possible assistance to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical aid to the injured," Mukherjee said in a message to Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

The President conveyed his condolences to the family members of the deceased. 

"I pray to the Almighty to give them the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he said. 

Nov 20, 2016 - 13:54 (IST)

Over 100 people have died, rescue operation is still underway: Daljeet Singh Chaudhary (ADG, Law and order ,UP)

Nov 20, 2016 - 13:25 (IST)

Worried kin of 200 passengers reach Indore railway station

Anxious relatives of nearly 200 passengers, who boarded the ill-fated Indore-Patna Express, rushed to the local railway station and made frantic inquires to know the whereabouts of their loved ones.

"Inquires pertaining to 200 passengers have come to us so  far. We, along with the help from Railways, are gathering information," said Ajay Jha, a social worker, who was running a help centre with help of GRP at the railway station here.

"The relatives of passengers who boarded (sleeper coaches) S-1, S-2 and S-3 are extremely worried as these coaches have faced the worst damage in the train derailment," he said.

Government Railway Police Superintendent Maheshchandra Jain said that they have not received any official list of the victims of the accident. But, the GRP was trying at its level to find out about the passengers who have not been in contact with their relatives after the mishap.

He said efforts were on to hire a special bus to send the relatives of the passengers, whose whereabouts are not yet known, to Bhopal from here.

"From the state capital, these people want to go to Kanpur dehat where the train derailed, to search for the dear ones," Jain said. 

– With inputs from PTI

Nov 20, 2016 - 13:23 (IST)

ADG ( L&O), IG zone Kanpur, Senior NDRF officials supervising rescue work at the spot

Kanpur: At least 96 passengers were killed and 226 injured, 76 of them seriously, when 14
coaches of the Indore-Patna express train derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur Dehat district on Sunday, with railways officials saying the number of casualties could rise.

The incident took place at around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 kms from here.

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 are pressed into service, the IG said, adding that over 250 police officials are helping carrying out rescue and relief operations.

Railways Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said several people have been rushed to nearby hospitals with injuries, and the casualties may go up.

 

Accident relief train was rushed to the spot, he said.

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The mangled bogies of the train. PTI

Northern Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar said that doctors and senior railway officials have reached the spot. Rescue and relief operations were being carried out by district administration and railway officials.

Though the cause of the derailment was not known immediately, sources said the nature and timing shows that the accident was caused by a rail fracture. However, the exact reason would be known only after an inquiry.

Buses are pressed into service to help passengers complete their journey, Kumar said, adding that the S2 coach was severely damaged. Four AC coaches have also been derailed.

Meanwhile, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the train tragedy.

"All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely," Prabhu said in a tweet.

Railways has also released helpline numbers — Indore 07411072, Ujjain 07342560906, Ratlam 074121072, Orai 051621072, Jhansi 05101072, Pokhraya 05113270239.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told NDTV that an enquiry is being ordered while the situation is being monitored closely.

With inputs from agencies

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