Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday took stock of the situation and directed the state Director General of Police to personally monitor the relief operations after 14 coaches of Patna-Indore express derailed near Kanpur, which left at least 63 dead.
The train is reported to have derailed around 5 in the morning. Medical teams have been rushed to the site of the accident to attend to the injured.
The officials are expecting the death toll to rise as the rescue operations are underway. “14 coaches of Indore-Patna express derailed near Kanpur. We are yet to confirm the total number of casualties. Rescue operations are underway,” Anil Saxena, Indian Railways spokesperson told news agency ANI.
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Extending his condolences to the bereaved families of those killed due to the derailment of Patna-Indore express near Kanpur, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on said that he was deeply pained by the tragedy.
The Union Home Minister further stated that he has directed the Director General of National Disaster Response Force to rush NDRF teams to Pukhrayan. “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.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said 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.
He also announced that ex-gratia will be given to the kin of those killed in the accident and to those who are injured.
IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmed confirmed to news agency ANI that the death toll has risen to 63 following the tragedy.