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Monday 20 January 2020

At least 63 dead as train derails

Kanpur: The Patna-Indore express ran off the tracks near Kanpur on Sunday early morning killing at least 63 people and injuring nearly 150.

14 coaches of the train got derailed in Pukhrayan, about 100 kilometers from Kanpur. The incident occurred around 3 am last night when all the passengers were sleeping.

Three teams NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) were rushed from Varanasi and Lucknow to the accident spot. Heavy machinery and gas-cutters were being used to cut through the mangled mass of 2 coaches which sustained maximum damage.

The Prime Minister expressed his grief at the news:

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the accident and is closely monitoring the situation:

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has asked the director-general of police to personally monitor the rescue operations.

Ex-gratia payments

Prabhu also announced ex-gratia compensation for those who died or were injured in the accident:

This was in addition to the compensation to be provided through the Railway Claims Tribunal.

Helpline numbers

The Minister also tweeted the helpline numbers for getting in touch with the Railways regarding more information about this accident:

 

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