Bhopal, Aug 5: 28 people were killed and 40 injured in a twin train derailment in Harda, Madhya Pradesh. [Kamayani Express derails in MP, casualities feared: Reports]
Kamayani Express which was headed for Varanasi from Mumbai was derailed near Harda town, 160km south of state capital Bhopal. Moments after the Janata Express headed to Mumbai derailed at the same spot.
Speaking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh spokesman Anupam Rajan said, "Twenty four bodies, including nine men, 10 women and five children, have been recovered so far from the mishap site between Khirkiya and Harda, about 160 km from Bhopal."
"The toll could further go up," Rajan added.
According to West Central Railway PRO Piyush Mathur seven coaches of Kamayani Express and three coaches plus the engine of Janata Express were derailed late last night as the base material on the tracks got washed away. [Flooding of tracks caused derailment: Railways]
"Seven bogies of Kamayani Express and engine plus three coaches of Janata Express were derailed between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations near Harda," Mathur said.
Meanwhile, rescue operations continued even as several passengers were feared trapped in water after coaches of both the train plunged into the river.
According to railway official, over 250 passengers have been rescued.
An inquiry on the mishap has been ordered and the Commissioner railway safety(central zone) will conduct the probe.
Meanwhile Railway PRO Anil Saxena has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to family of deceased, Rs 50000 to critically injured and Rs 25000 to injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed distress and pain over the loss of lives in twin train accident in Madhya Pradesh and said authorities are doing everything possible on the ground. "The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased," Modi tweeted.
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