Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derails; at least 10 dead

In a tragic incident, at least 23 people have died and over 40 are injured after 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.

Reports said that six bogies were derailed near Khatauli station. Officials of the Railway present at the spot said that a medical train was on its way to help and that other trains on the same route has been diverted through Shamli district.

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"I am personally monitoring situation.Have instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations", Rail minister Suresh Prabhu said on Twitter. "Still monitoring situation closely", Prabhu tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets "Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar".

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Anand Kumar, ADG Law & Order said more than 50 injured in the accident. It is being said that this may be the biggest train accident this year so far.

As per official sources, Patnaik announced the ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the dead and Rs 50 thousand for injured passenger and getting treatment in any hospital. He also declared ₹50,000 for those seriously injured and ₹25,000 for people with minor injuries. The Union Railway Minister ordered an inquiry into the matter and said that any lapse would be dealt with strictly. "As of now our focus is on rescue and not on finding reasons for the accident".

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called the accident a sad one. The rescue operations have been started and the locals of the area are helping a lot.

Kumar also said IMA chapters in Meerut zone have been alerted and asked to ensure adequate and prompt medical care to the injured.

He added, "Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations".


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