Train derailment kills at least 23, injures 40 in India

Train derailment kills at least 23, injures 40 in India

Twelve people were killed and more than 150 others injured after a passenger train derailed on Saturday in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"There is chaos and confusion and locals and police are carrying out rescue work", said Anand Kumar, a senior police official. The earlier release it issued had put the number of injured at 400. The impact of the accident was so severe that one of the coaches could be seen mounted on another while another coach had crashed into the Chowdhary Tilakram Inter College along the tracks.

There are fears some passengers are caught inside mangled coaches and death toll is likely to increase.

CMO Muzaffarnagar Dr PS Misra said that 12 bodies have been recovered till now from bogies. The team headed by DSP Anoop Singh will probe any terror angle into the rail accident. Senior administrative, police and railway officers are on the spot to monitor rescue and relief operation. A huge rush of people have gathered at the accident site. "Many people are injured and trapped inside". The train had left Puri at 9 p.m. on Friday night and was to terminate at Haridwar at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Train movement on Ambala- Meerut- Saharanpur rail route has been stopped.

Prabhu also announced Rs 3.5 lakh ex-gratia compensation for those who lost their lives, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who received minor injuries.

He said the situation was being monitored very closely by the Railways Ministry. "Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause". He said, strict action will be taken against the employee responsible for any lapse.

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Medical vans were also rushed to the site.

Rescue and search efforts have ended, added Prabhu.

"I have asked the BJP Muzaffarnagar unit to join the rescue operation and help the people in need", Shah tweeted. Rescue and relief operation is underway by local administration and railway personnel.

The state government was also providing food and accommodation to passengers' relatives who are reaching Muzaffarnagar, he said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a message on Twitter offering condolences to the families of those killed.

"When will government wake up?" he asked.

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