More than 125 people are reportedly dead and 200 injured after the Indore-Patna express train derailed near the Kanpur Dehat district, Uttar Pradesh in India, in the early hours of Sunday, November 20, 2016.
According to the Police, the incident took place at around 3.00 AM in an isolated rural area. More than 14 bogies derailed instantly,
Kanpur villagers rescuing the victims, others are robbing them. The worst hit coaches are S1, S2, S3, and S4.
Monday, 9:00 am - 60 bodies have been identified so far. A six-year-old girl has been literally cut into pieces.
3:30 p.m. IST - The death toll crosses 120. Check out the photo gallery here.
3:00 p.m. IST - UP Govt announces Rs 5 lakhs to the dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
2:00 p.m. IST - The passengers have been moved to Patna in a different train.
More than 250 Police personals have been deployed for the rescue operations.
Central rescue forces have been sent to the accident spot. National Disaster Rescue Force has also reached the accident area, and they are helping the local police in taking out the dead bodies and injured who are struck in the debris.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced an exgratia of Rs 3.5 lakh ($50k) for the families of the deceased, while Rs. 50,000 ($800) will be given to the seriously injured people. People who suffered minor injuries will get a compensation of Rs 25,000.
In a series of tweets, the Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu mentioned the steps taken by the railways to resolve the issues.
3/4000 food packets, 2000 water bottles, 1500 tea supplied free of cost till now to passengers— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
The minister.tweeted, he is on the job with his entire team, and he also made it clear that he has asked the investigative agencies to carry out an inquiry about this mishap.
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As of now, the cause of the derailment is unknown, but considering the timing and nature of derailment, experts believe that the accident has happened as a result of rail fracture. The exact reason behind the derailment will be known only after the inquiry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed his shock over this mishap. Modi took his official Twitter handle and conveyed his condolences to the family members of the deceased. He also added that his thoughts are now with the bereaved families.
"Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families", posted Modi on his Twitter page.
The helpline numbers released by the Indian railways are Indore: 07411072, Ujjain: 07342560906,
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Derailment of train no 19321 Indore -RJPB B/W Phukraya-Malasa at 3:10 Jhasi-Kanpur section. Help line nos are below pic.twitter.com/QTUIUy4xkB— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 20, 2016