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Sunday, November 20, 2016

96 dead, 150 injured as train derails in northern India!

  • Kanpur Train Tragedy: Over 150 injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals in the area.
At least 90 passengers were killed and over 150 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhraya in Kanpur dehat district in the wee hours on Sunday.

Four coaches of the train - S1, S2, S3, S4- were badly damaged in the mishap that took place at around 3 AM near Pukhraya. Most of the passengers were jolted out of their sleep to find themselves among mangled remains of the bogies.

"90 bodies have been pulled out so far. There can be more bodies trapped," Superintendent of Police, Kanpur Dehat Prabhakar Chowdhury told PTI over phone.

IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmed said, "Over 150 injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals in the area. All hospitals have been asked to be alert. More than 30 ambulances have been pressed into service."
A team of Army doctors and rescue officials have arrived at the spot. 250 police officials are also involved in carrying out the rescue and relief operations.

The Press Trust of India news agency said all local hospitals had been placed on alert and around 30 ambulances had been deployed to transport the injured. Hundreds of police were also at the scene, it reported, and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had ordered an investigation into the disaster.

India's railway network, one of the world's largest, is still the main form of long-distance travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents occur relatively frequently.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was "anguished beyond words" by the loss of life.
Narendra Modi

Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.
9:15 PM - 19 Nov 2016

Modi's government has pledged to invest $137 billion over five years to modernise its crumbling railways, making them safer, faster and more efficient.


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