Kanpur Train crash: Death toll rises to 116, Rail fracture suspected to be cause of accident

Over 250 police officials are helping carrying out rescue and relief operations.

Kanpur Train crash: Death toll rises to 116, Rail fracture suspected to be cause of accident

At least 116 people were killed and over 200 injured on Sunday when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore express train derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district today. The casualties could rise as the rescue operations are underway.

The incident took place at around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur. "90 people have died in Indore-Patna Express derailment," said Prabhakar Chowdhury, SP, Kanpur Dehat, earlier.

"Over 150 injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals in the area. All hospitals have been asked to be on alert. More than 30 ambulances are pressed into service," the IG said.

Over 250 police officials are helping to carry out rescue and relief operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over the loss of lives and the injured. "Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," Modi said in a tweet.

PM Modi said that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation.  "Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely," Modi said.

Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the incident. "An inquiry has been ordered into the accident and that strict action will be taken against all those responsible," Prabhu tweeted.

"Senior officers ordered to go to the spot immediately, they are on their way to the accident site. Local MPs, MLAs other functionaries have also rushed to the spot. MOS going. Rail,Dist,state, NDRF teams are geared up to deal with the accident & offer all kind of help. We r doing our best, to deal with sad accident," he said.

The Union Minister further said that exgratia will be announced for the unfortunate passengers who lost their lives and also to those who were injured. "All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Inquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely," Prabhu said in a tweet.

Railways has also released helpline numbers - Indore- 07411072, Ujjain- 07342560906, Ratlam- 074121072, Orai- 051621072, Jhansi- 05101072, Pokhraya- 05113270239.