Over 100 people have lost their lives as 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express got derailed near Pukhrayan, Kanpur around 3 am on Sunday. Medical teams have been rushed to the spot and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue operations are currently underway. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that strict action will be taken against those who are responsible for the accident.
Here are the top 10 updates:
1) Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order), Daljeet Chowdhury, speaking to PTI, confirmed that over 100 have been killed in Indore-Patna Express derailment. Reports suggest that over 200 people have been injured.
2) NDRF teams reached the spot to help the police with rescue operations that are currently underway.
3) Indian Railways listed the 14 coaches which were derailed “14 coaches which derailed are Seating cum Luggage Rake,GS,GS,A1,B1, B2, B3, BE, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5 and S6. ”
4) UP CM Akhilesh Yadav: “All hospitals in neighboring districts are activated. Private hospitals of Kanpur are put on alert to accommodate patients.” He also directed the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations from the spot.
5) Akhilesh has also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for families of those killed in the Kanpur train derailment and Rs 50,000 for seriously injured.
6) Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured hailing from the state.
7) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the families of those killed in the Kanpur train tragedy and Rs 50,000 for the critically injured, according to news agency ANI. He also said that local MP, MLAs and other functionaries have been rushed to the spot and an enquiry has been ordered.
8) PM Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and said that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was personally monitoring the situation closely. He announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the bereaved families from the PM relief fund.
9) Helpline numbers released by the Railways.
10 ) Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and other leaders have expressed their condolences on the tragedy.