Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday 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. The tragedy has claimed the lives of at least 63 people and left over 150 injured.
The Railway Minister also announced compensation of Rs 25,000 for those who sustained minor injuries. 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore passenger train derailed in the wee hours on Sunday morning. Medical teams have been rushed to the site of the accident to attend to the injured.
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The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained but Prabhu added that strictest possible action will be taken against those who are found responsible for the tragedy. In a series of tweets, Prabhu said that senior officials were ordered to reach the spot and offer assistance. “Medical assistance of all kinds is offered. Rail mobile medical units rushed to site. All injured rushed to hospitals, immediate medical help,” the Railway Minister tweeted.
The Indian Railways has listed the coach numbers which were derailed. “14 coaches which derailed are Seating cum Luggage Rake,GS, GS, A1, B1/2/3, BE, S1/2/3/4/5/6,” the Indian Railways said while issuing helpline numbers for assistance.
The officials are expecting the death toll to rise as intense relief and rescue operations are underway.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav took stock of the situation and directed the state Director General of Police to personally monitor the relief operations.