Two Express trains in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday night around 11.30 pm derailed and several passengers were dead and some of them were rescued. Around 24 people were dead while crossing a bridge on swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh. This news is declared by senior district officials. Nearly 25 passengers were so far reported injured after two trains derailed.
Kamayani Express, headed for Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi from Mumbai, was derailed near Harda town, 160km south of state capital Bhopal, just before midnight. Moments ago, the Janata Express (13201) en route to Mumbai from Patna had also derailed at the same spot.
The mishap took place at Kudwa, about 18km from the district headquarters Harda, which is between Bhirangi and Khirakia railway stations. Harda district public relations officer Vitthal Maheshwari said 20 people were killed in the mishap.
An inquiry has been ordered into the mishap and the commissioner railway safety (central zone) will conduct the probe. Out of them, ten were women, five children and nine men. According to police sources, the death toll was around 27. More casualties were feared.
Manoj Mongi, a resident of Muzaffarnagar on board the Kamayani Express, said: “I was sleeping and suddenly I felt a jolt.I came out. I saw three women floating, but could not save them.”
Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said that “There was water on tracks and the bridge was submerged. So the last bogies of Kamayani Express got derailed. Simultaneously, on the other track the engines and coaches of the Janata Express also got derailed.”
“According to reports, there was a possible burst in a nearby dam, which caused sudden flow of water on the tracks and that resulted in the derailment,” Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal said. He also said that Several passengers have been rescued and sent to the nearest station, he said.
“We will call for an inquiry into the incidents and will also take remedial measures to prevent such incidents in future,” he said.
Railways also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to grievously injured in the accident. As rescuers grappled with darkness and inclement weather, survivors recounted the midnight horror.
The NDRF and army are seriously conducting rescue operations and all the injured people are sent to public and private hospitals. Due to two dangerous train accidents central railway department became alert and stopped some trains in the route of Mumbai, Uttarpradesh, Madyapredesh, Punjab. Also they have sent some trains in another routes.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several others tweeted on this incident.
BJP minster Rajanath Singh said that ” Heartfelt condolences to the families who died in the accident and also pray for speedy recovery of the injured persons”.
Pranab Mukarjee , President of India also tweeted about the train derailment.
The following are the tweets which Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted regarding this tragic incident.
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