Indore-Patna Express derails in Kanpur, 100+ killed | Helpline Numbers
NEW DELHI: At least 100 people were killed and over 150 others injured today when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna express train derailed near Kanpur.
The incident took place at around 3am near Pukhrayan, about 100 kms from Kanpur.
“Death toll has risen to 90,” IG Kanpur, Zaki Ahmed told new agency ANI. According to railways officials, the casualties could rise as the rescue operations are under way.
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“Over 150 injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals in the area. All hospitals have been asked to be on alert. More than 30 ambulances are pressed into service,” the IG said, adding that over 250 police officials are helping carrying out rescue and relief operations.
Radhakant Tiwari of Nalanda district was running from one corner of the platform to other seeking information about his brother Ramakant Tiwari who was traveling in the train. “Nobody is here to provide any information…”
An “enhanced amount of ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this unfortunate accident.”
Rs. 3.5 lakhs to be given to the departed’s kin as ex-gratia, tweets Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Rs.50000 in case of grievous injury and Rs. 25000 in case of simple injury.
Rajnath takes stock of situation
Home Minister Rajnath Singh took stock of the situation and asked the Director General of National Disaster Response Force to rush to the spot.
The Home Minister asked NDRF Chief O.P. Singh to provide all assistance to the Railway authorities and Uttar Pradesh government in relief and rescue operations.
Relatives of those who were killed in the Indore-Rajendra Nagar Express train derailment near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh are harried lot at Patna Junction. No official information or special arrangement has been made by the railways for them.