Kanpur, Nov 20: Over 100 passengers have been killed and more tha. 200 injured after the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Purkharayam, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The incident took place at around 3 am on Sunday.
Medical teams have been rushed to the spot. Rescue work is underway in full swing.
The death toll is likely to increase, state reports.
Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena told ANI that the exact death toll is yet to be confirmed.
He said that medical and rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.
"20 bodies recovered so far from spot after Patna-Indore express derailed near Pukharayan (Kanpur, UP)," IG Kanpur, Zakir Ahmed told ANI earlier.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that all measures are being taken to ensure that rescue operations are on in full swing.
He said that strictest possible action will be taken against those responsible for the accident.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was pained by the loss of lives.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav instructed all hospitals to be on alert to accomodate patients.
He also directed the chief secretary to monitor the situation closely.
The helpline numbers are- Jhansi-05101072,Orai-051621072,Kanpur-05121072,Pokhrayan-05113-270239.