At least 32 dead and 50 injured as train derails in India
Jan 23, 2017, 00:30
Vizianagaram: Rescue operations underway at the site where the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh'sVizianagaram district on Jan 22, 2017.
The accident took place around 11.20 p.m. near Kuneru station, about 30 km from Rayagada in Odisha, when the train was going from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh to Bhubaneswar. "The area is known to be a Naxal zone and there was a call for celebrating Shahid Divas".
Around 50 people are said to have been injured.
With train movement paralysed between Rayagada and Vizianagaram, the Railways on Sunday deployed 13 special buses to transport stranded passengers to places such as Brahmapur and Bhawanipatna of Odisha, a railway spokesman said.
Rescuers yesterday battled to pull survivors from the wreckage of a train crash that killed at least 39 passengers in southern India, the latest in a series of disasters to hit the country's creaking rail network. "Besides the engine, the luggage van, two general coaches, two sleeper coaches, one AC three-tier coach and an AC two-tier coach derailed", the railway ministry said.
Security agencies say that the derailment was clearly an accident; there were cracks and the track had weakened and given away.
Railway officials said Mr. Prabhu was personally monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to reach the scene of the accident immediately and ensure prompt rescue and relief operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the loss of lives in the accident.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the family of the victims of the accident.
Earlier, the Rayagada sub-collector Muralidhar Swain had said that the number of injured could be around 100. "My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in the derailment of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express". Several trains have also been diverted.
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