इंडियन आवाज़     01 Dec 2023 11:29:53      انڈین آواز

30 dead, 200 hurt as kalka mail derails in UP

According to official media, the derailment took place at 12.20 PM when the packed train from Howrah reached near Malwa station, nearly 120 kms from Lucknow. “15 bogies of the train derailed out of which 10 are in bad shape. The exact cause of the derailment is being ascertained”, General Manager, North Central Railway H C Joshi said.

Joshi said that said the train was speeding at about 108 kmph when the accident occurred. “It was almost moving at the speed of 108 kmph which is full speed,” Joshi said.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Fatehpur, KN Joshi said 35 of the passengers had died. More than  200 injured are undergoing treatment there.

Railways have dispatched two medical vans from Allahabad and Kanpur. A relief train has also been sent to the spot to rescue the stranded passengers.

The derailment had badly affected train services on the busy Howrah-Delhi route

The crowded general compartment behind the engine was the worst hit. Gas cutters and other equipment were used to cut through the metal in the AC and other coaches to rescue the trapped passengers.

Locals, railway and district authorities immediately launched the rescue operation. The army has also sent about 120 personnel from adjoining Allahabad and Kanpur to assist them.

A team of National Disaster Relief Force was also deployed. Two relief trains — one each from Allahabad and Kanpur — have reached the spot.

Another relief train was also sent from Delhi, Minister of State for Railways Mukul Roy said, adding helplines have been opened at both the Howrah and Delhi stations.

Roy said families of the dead would be given an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh, while the seriously injured would get Rs one lakh and those with minor injuries would be given Rs 25,000.

Meanwhile, anxious relatives and friends of the passengers, many of them in tears, gathered at Howrah, Kanpur and other stations to enquire about the fate of their loved ones. However, they faced a difficult time as information was trickling in at a slow pace.

The Eastern Railway said it will run a special train from Howrah to take relatives of passengers to Malwa.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati announced a compensation of Rs one lakh each to the kin of those who died, Rs 50,000 to seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those suffering minor injuries.

PM mourns loss of lives in Kalka Mail derailment

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives in the rail accident and directed the Railway Ministry to deploy all available resources in the area for rescue and relief operations.

Dr Singh also spoke to the Minister of State for Railways about the incident.

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