At least 32 dead and 50 injured as train derails in India

Jan 23, 2017, 00:30
At least 32 dead and 50 injured as train derails in India

Vizianagaram: Rescue operations underway at the site where the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram 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.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Adele Is Confirmed To Perform At The 2017 Grammy Awards

    Adele Is Confirmed To Perform At The 2017 Grammy Awards

    Metallica and Carrie Underwood each have one nomination at the upcoming Grammy Awards , while Keith Urban now has two. The 59th Grammy Awards will be hosted by funnyman James Corden from the Staples Center in Los Angeles .
    William, Kate and Harry Speak Out on Mental Health

    William, Kate and Harry Speak Out on Mental Health

    They met in 2004 and got married on September 10, 2011, after six years of being in a relationship as reported by The Sun . After their meeting the musician said: "I've always had anxiety".

    Online gambling and betting increased over 1386% during past five years

    So in as much as stakeholders are heavily spending on ads, their audience is also responding very well to what they are offering. In addition to this, there’s a wide variety of games which the platform offers to cater for all types of gamers.
  • Ford airs the new Mustang Convertible

    Ford airs the new Mustang Convertible

    The automatic transmission now offered for the 2018 Ford Mustang is a new 10-speed tuned to the Mustang's performance needs. Owners can also use a dedicated smartphone application called FordPass to start, lock, unlock, and locate their vehicle .
    Israel expands missile defense system with new interceptor

    Israel expands missile defense system with new interceptor

    The ministry says the addition of Arrow-3 will "significantly reduce" the possibility of ballistic missiles hitting Israel. The new interceptor offers longer-range, higher-altitude (exo-atmospheric) and more precise ballistic missile engagements.
    Arsenal: Capable of Winning the Premier League Title?

    Arsenal: Capable of Winning the Premier League Title?

    With plenty of points to be won and lost, the title race is still very much on and Arsenal will be confident of bridging the gap. Defensively, Arsenal have improved since Shkodran Mustafi joined the club in the summer but there is still room for improvement.
  • Panneerselvam thanks PM for support to jallikattu

    Panneerselvam thanks PM for support to jallikattu

    Young students also came out in support of jallikattu; holding banners of "ban PETA " and "we want jallikattu ". In other areas, Ministers from the respective regions will inaugurate the sport at 11 am, Panneerselvam said.
    Jammeh has agreed to leave, new president tweets

    Jammeh has agreed to leave, new president tweets

    Jammeh's tenure which was expected to expire by midnight on Wednesday was extended by 90 days by Gambia's Parliament. Those close to the new president say he has two major tasks to urgently tackle when he returns to Gambia.
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr retires

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr retires

    The trio of brothers dreamed of playing together in the National Football League , an ambition that now, sadly, won't come true. Orr was initially placed on injured reserve after suffering a herniated disk Christmas day against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Emma Watson Turned Down 'Cinderella' Before Becoming Role Model Belle

    Emma Watson Turned Down 'Cinderella' Before Becoming Role Model Belle

    This means that she will not be swayed by people who choose to scapegoat others, nor any type of fear-mongering. While Belle's personality will remain true to the character, a few changes were made to modernize her.
    Giving Back: Girl Scouts of America

    Giving Back: Girl Scouts of America

    Locally, the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council serve the Huntington and Charleston communities. Local troops have used their proceeds for community service projects and educational trips.

    Crystal Palace Agree Deal To Sign Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson

    Crystal Palace will this week entertain Bolton Wanderers in an FA Cup third round replay, and it's the home side who backed to win.
popular