Kanpur, Nov 20 (IBNS): More than 100 people were killed in their sleep and scores of others were wounded when an express train derailed in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
The incident took place close to Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, officials said.
The mishap has left several others injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident.
“Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Narendra Modi tweeted.
“Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I’ve spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely,” he said.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said enquiry has been ordered into the incident.
“All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely,” Prabhu tweeted.
“Ex gratia to unfortunate passengers who died and to injured will be given,” he said.
“Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately All necessary assistance provided to the affected,We r taking care,” he said.
He said action could be taken against those responsible for the incident.
“Strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible for accident,All possible mobilisation for relief initiated,” the Minister said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also mourned the loss of lives in the mishap.
“Deeply pained by the loss of lives caused by the derailment of Patna- Indore Express near Kanpur. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Singh tweeted.
“I have spoken to DG NDRF and instructed him to rush NDRF teams to Pukhrayan. He is also leaving for Pukhrayan to oversee the rescue ops,” he said.
Helpline Numbers are given below:
Patna – 0612-2202290, 0612-2202291, 0612-2202292, 025-83288 , lndore – 0741 1072, Ujjain – 0734 2560906, Ratlam – 07412 1072 , Mugalsarai – 05412-251258, 05412-254145 , Hajipur – 06224-272230 , Jhansi – 05101072 , Orai – 051621072 , Kanpur – 05121072 , Pokhrayan – 05113-270239
Keywords: Train derails, Kanpur,Indian Railways,Prime Minister,Narendra Modi
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