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Utkal Express derailment highlights: Death toll in Muzaffarnagar tragedy rises to 23

Six coaches of the Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar's Khatauli on Saturday

FP Staff August 19, 2017 21:20:28 IST
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Utkal Express derailment highlights: Death toll in Muzaffarnagar tragedy rises to 23

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19:15 (ist)

Rescue operations gear up in Muzaffarnagar 

The Chief Public Relation Officers of Northern Railways has said that the District magistrate of Muzaffarnagar is about to reach the site of the train derailment. The first NDRF team with 44 rescuers and two search dogs have also reached the spot according to ANI. Suresh Prabhu has tweeted again, saying, "Strict action will be taken against any lapse." CNN-News18 reports that a medical train is also en route to the location to help.

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Aug 19, 2017 - 21:37 (IST)

Death toll stands at 23, says Uttar Pradesh police

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:32 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath announces that the families of the dead in the Muzaffarnagar derailment will receive ex-gratia 2 lakh and injured will receive economic assistance of Rs 50 thousand. 

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:32 (IST)

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:28 (IST)

Congress jab at Modi government 

"If Narendra Modi ji can spend 1 lakh crore on bullet trains, why can’t he allocate 40000 cr for railway safety?" asks Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Times Now. He said that considering the 27 train accidents in the past three years, the government needs to allocate more money to railway safety. 

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:22 (IST)

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:18 (IST)

UP Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar tells ANI that 11 dead bodies and 65 injured individuals have been brought to Khatauli hospital. 

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:14 (IST)

MoS Railways Manoj Sinha reaches accident site 

Ministry of Railways says that Manoj Sinha, Mohammad Jamshed, Member Traffic of the Railway Board and NDRF personnel have proceeded towards the derailment site. The department reports that local civil authorities and the district magistrate are monitoring the situation and medical vans from Delhi and Saharanpur have reached the area. An accident relief train from Ambala has also arrived at the spot. It confirms that, in fact, 10 coaches were derailed in Khatauli.

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:09 (IST)

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda on Utkal Express derailment

"Extremely saddened to know about tragic accident of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar," JP Nadda said after speaking to Suresh Prabhu and Uttar Pradesh health minister Sidharth Nath Singh. He also said that the Ministry of Health is "ready to provide all support"

Aug 19, 2017 - 21:07 (IST)

Suresh Prabhu tweets that he has spoken to Union Minister of Health JP Nadda for medical help being extended to the injured

Aug 19, 2017 - 20:56 (IST)

Arvind Kejriwal, Sambit Patra and other minister offer their condolences 

From condolence messages to promising to send help, here's how people ministers on Twitter so far. 

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Six coaches of the Utkal Express derailed on Saturday evening in Muzaffarnagar's Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh injuring at least 20 people although officials say that casualty figures could go higher given the intensity of the incident.

Utkal Express derailment highlights Death toll in Muzaffarnagar tragedy rises to 23

Coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express after it derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Saturday. PTI

Official casualty figures have not been released so far as the senior officials of the Muzaffarnagar district administration have rushed to the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations, media reports say. The Uttra Pradesh government has also sought for Central assistance to expedite the rescue and relief operations.

The ill-fated train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

Financial Express reported that the incident took place around 6.45 pm. The report further mentioned that the reason behind the derailment is still unclear.

No passengers have been reported dead thus far. According to the Financial Express, "The rescue operations are currently going on and the number of injured people might go up. The locals have reached the spot are helping with the relief operations."

The Times of India reported that the local administration officials have reached the site of the incident. The derailment is likely to affect the movements of trains along the busy Northern Railway route.

With inputs from IANS

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