Fourteen coaches of Patna-Indore Express have been derailed in Pukharayan town, 60 km from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. The mishap took place around 3 AM in the morning. At least 114 passengers have died, while more than 200 are injured in the mishap. While the rescue operation is on, medical help is also being provided to the passengers. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav gave orders for the rescue operation to pick up pace. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakhs for families of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for critically injured. Some reports suggest that several people are still stuck in the derailed train and the District administration along with railway officials are doing their best to pull out passengers.
While talking to ABP News, DGP UP, Javed Ahmed said that utmost care is being taken to pull out passengers who are still stuck inside the train.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 20, 2016
Home Minister, Rajnath Singh in a tweet said that he is “deeply pained” by the accident and said that he has ordered NDRF to reach the spot immediately. PM Narendra Modi also, in a tweet said that he has talked to Suresh Prabhu and the minister is personally monitoring the situation. Helpline numbers have also been started by the railway minister.
Please note helpline nos All calls are attended to help anyone needing assistance pic.twitter.com/9aEsXalwR0
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I’ve spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
Vijay Kumar, Northern Central Railways spokesperson told PTI that the doctors and senior railway officials have reached the spot. Kumar added that buses are pressed into services to help passengers complete their journey. According to Daljeet Chaudhary, LDG, Law and Order people in S1 and S2 coaches are still stuck.
Patna-Indore exp derailed: Express grief over loss of lives; Govt doing whatever it can for deceased families: Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Min pic.twitter.com/N6V1enMSx3
— ANI (@ANI_news) November 20, 2016
UP CM, Akhilesh Yadav in a statement said that he has spoken to Railway Minister and have assured that the state government provides all the help needed in the rescue operations. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also left for Kanpur to meet the injured.