Utkal Express derailment: Over 50 discharged, 102 still receiving treatment: UP minister

"Today more than 50 passengers, who had received minor injuries, were sent to their homes after treatment. The government is extending all possible help to the stranded passengers so that they could reach their destination," UP Cabinet minister Satish Mahana

By: PTI | Lucknow | Published: August 20, 2017 9:45 pm
train derailment news, india news, indian express news, latest news A senior Uttar Pradesh official had said in the morning that 156 people were injured. (Source: PTI Photo)

More than 50 passengers who received injuries in the Muzaffarnagar train accident have been discharged from hospitals while 102 others are still receiving treatment, the Uttar Pradesh government said on Sunday. The Kalinga-Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar last evening, killing 21 people. A senior Uttar Pradesh official had said in the morning that 156 people were injured.

“Today more than 50 passengers, who had received minor injuries, were sent to their homes after treatment. The government is extending all possible help to the stranded passengers so that they could reach their destination,” UP Cabinet minister Satish Mahana told PTI. Mahana said he had reached the accident site around 10.00 pm on Saturday.

“Nearly 102 passengers are still receiving treatment in government and private hospitals in Muzaffarnagar and Meerut. Free medicine is being provided to them,” he said.

The state government was also providing food and accommodation to passengers’ relatives who are reaching Muzaffarnagar, he said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Saturday asked senior ministers Suresh Rana and Satish Mahana to reach the accident site. The CM also spoke with the Muzaffarnagar district magistrate and instructed him to ensure all possible relief, an official spokesperson had said.

“Four NDRF teams were also rushed there — three teams from Ghaziabad and one from Delhi. Besides, 35 ambulances, bread and butter, 1,000 food packets, additional private and UPSRTC buses were arranged. Volunteers were mobilised from adjoining Meerut,” the spokeperson had said on Saturday.

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