Fourteen coaches of the Indore Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to latest reports, at least 121 people have lost their lives and 200 were injured in the train accident. The train reportedly derailed around 3 am in the morning. Police, NDRF and medical teams rushed to the site of the accident to attend to the injured. Cranes and gas-cutters were used to rescue people from the mangled remains. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is expected to reach the accident spot to monitor relief efforts.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations from the spot. “All hospitals in neighboring districts are activated. Private hospitals of Kanpur are put on alert to accommodate patients,” he said.
Railway officials were expecting the death toll to rise as the rescue operations are still underway.
Meanwhile, 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.
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