New Farakka Express derails: At least seven passengers died and 21 others were injured after 9 coaches of Malda Town-Delhi New Farakka Express derailed in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh today morning. According to news agency ANI, the mishap happened near Harchandpur railway station of the Northern Zone at 06:05 am. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has directed the officials to effectively undertake relief and rescue operations. He has also ordered an inquiry by Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle.
Meanwhile, movement of traffic on the route has been halted. According to DRM Northern Railways, it may take 24 to 36 hours to clear the route. He informed that all 21 passengers have been admitted to the district hospital Raebareli and special train is being arranged by the railways. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also taken note of the accident and announced a compensation amount of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured passengers.