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100 dead, 150 injured as Patna-Indore Express derails in Kanpur; helpline numbers issued

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 November 2016, 13:10 IST
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At least 100 people were killed and 150 others injured after 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Pukharayam in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh on 20 November.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 3am.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations. NDRF teams were also rushed to the site of the accident.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced the following helpline numbers for assistance:

Here's a list of trains that have been cancelled after train tragedy.

The Chief Minister has alerted all hospitals in neighboring districts - and private hospitals of Kanpur - to accommodate patients. Monetary compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh has been announced for the kin of the deceased, while each of the injured will receive compensation of Rs 50,000.

"We were supposed to get down in Lucknow; During our journey, we felt a sudden jerk and fell; 5 people from our group missing," one of the stranded passengers told ANI.

As per the Indian Railways, the 14 coaches which derailed are Seating cum Luggage Rake, GS,GS,A1,B1/2/3,BE,S1/2/3/4/5/6. The accident is also being termed as the worst train accident since years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his grief at the loss of lives. The Prime Minister has announced ex gratia compensation of Rs. 2 lakhs from PMNRF for the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured in the rail accident.

Also Read:PM Modi, Rajnath Singh offer condolences at Patna-Indore train tragedy

In a series of tweets, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that an inquiry has been ordered into the incident and that strict action would be taken against those responsible.

--With ANI inputs

First published: 20 November 2016, 7:58 IST
 
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