Updated: August 7, 2015 7:31:13 am
The Kamayani Express from Mumbai to Varansi derailed near Kudawa railway station, 30 kms from Harda district in south western Madhya Pradesh, late on Tuesday night. Several people are feared dead with seven bogies of the train having fallen into the Machak river.
” The accident happened between two railway stations, Khirkiya and Bhingari. There is a culvert there and due to heavy rainfall, the water level had risen to dangerous levels. The engine of the Kamayani Express, five general bogies , three AC bogies and two sleeper class bogies passed the culvert safely. But the rear wheels of the S-3 coach derailed,” said Alok Badkul, senior commercial manager, Mumbai division.
” We personally contacted passengers based on the data from our system. We get the mobile number of passengers when they book the tickets. Some of them said that after the accident, fearing death with water entering the bogies, they rushed to other bogies and that there are no casualties so far. However, we have not been able to contact other passengers as possibly their mobile phones must have been lost,” added Badkul.
“Six coaches of the Kamayani Express have been affected. Two coaches have been completely submerged while the remaining five are half submerged,” said Amitabh Ojha, divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai division. Harda is about 170 km from Bhopal.
Reports reaching Mumbai also said that another train – the 13201 Janata Express from Patna and headed to Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus also derailed at the same spot and around the same time. ” The train coming from Patna is feared to have lost its frontal loco cabin and the next three coaches,” added Ojha.
Each coach has a capacity to carry a minimum of 70 passengers. ” At present we are unable to connect with anyone on the trains with water levels proving to be a hurdle,” Ojha said.
Meanwhile the Railway Ministry has directed senior officials to ensure emergency services such as medical help and food at the accident spot. The Railway Protection Force has also been rushed to the spot. Railway minister, Suresh Prabhu has said that the Railways and the Madhya Pradesh government and working jointly on the rescue operation.
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