The death toll rise to nine people with 35 other injured after Farakka Express derailed on the early morning of Wednesday. The accident took place near the Harchandpur Railway Station in UP.
According to the UP ADG Anand Kumar, “Two more bodies have been taken out from the derailed coaches taking the death toll to seven. Nine passengers are grievously injured. Drone cameras, long range cameras are being used”.
Farakka Express travelling from Malda Town, West Bengal to New Delhi derailed at around 6.05 am in the morning. Soon after Hydraulic cutters rushed to the accident spot for the rescue operations. Jawans of the 25th Batallion PAC Rae Bareilly is carrying out the rescue operation.
Officials said that a team doctors rushed to the site and helpline numbers have been set up at Mughalsarai and the route is blocked for any further movement of the trains.
Prime Minister took to Twitter to give condolence to the deceased and their families of Farakka Express derailed victims.
He said “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a rail accident in Raebareli. Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly. UP Government, Railways and NDRF are ensuring all possible assistances at the site of the accident”.
The helplines set up for the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction are 05412-254145 (BSNL) and 027-73677 (Railway). For Patna station, emergency helpline numbers are 0612-2202290, 0612-2202291, 0612-2200229 (BSNL) and railway- 025-83288.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has directed all the concerned officials to take the rescue operation in the best possible ways and provide safer medical help to all the injured. He has also ordered a probe into the accident to the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle.
Along with that, Railway Minister announces Rs 5 Lakh for the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for severely injured and Rs 50,000 for the minorly injured people.
However, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for the deceased while Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured.