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:
Please note helpline nos All calls are attended to help anyone needing assistance pic.twitter.com/9aEsXalwR0— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Here's a list of trains that have been cancelled after train tragedy.
In pic: List of trains diverted/cancelled following Patna-Indore express train derailment near Kanpur (UP) pic.twitter.com/uGVN1jtqAW— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 20, 2016
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.
Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
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.
All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed.Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Sr officers ordered to go to spot immediately, they are on way to accident site.local MP, MLAs other functionaries rushed. MOS going— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Medical assistance of all kinds is offered. Rail mobile medical units rushed to site.All injured rushed to hospitals, immediate medical help— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Ex gratia to unfortunate passengers who died and to injured will be given— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately All necessary assistance provided to the affected,We r taking care— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Rail,Dist,state, NDRF teams are geared up to deal with the accident & offer all kind of help.We r doing our best, mto deal with sad accident— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
--With ANI inputs