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