Hirakhand train accident: 36 killed, over 50 injured

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced 25,000 rupees for the injured and 50,000 rupees for the seriously injured.

Hirakhand train accident: 36 killed, over 50 injured

At least 36 people were killed and 54 injured when Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram district.

According to the reports, the incident took place around 11.30 pm when the train was going from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar. The train came off the track nearly 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Visakhapatnam, the nearest city to the accident site.


A senior railway official will conduct a detailed inquiry into the train accident and submit the report at the earliest, Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said. Rescue and relief operations were underway, an official said. A team of doctors was also sent to attend the injured at the accident site, he said. Thirteen of the train's 22 coaches were unaffected in the incident. Rail traffic on the coast line has been suspended.

Thirteen of the train's 22 coaches were unaffected in the incident. Rail traffic on the coast line has been suspended.

"The tragedy is saddening", tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding, "The Railway Ministry is monitoring the situation very closely and is working to ensure quick rescue and relief operations."







"Total 4 accident relief vans rushed from different places. Priority is treatment, shifting of injured passengers to nearest hospital. @sureshpprabhu personally monitoring situation, directed senior officials to reach site immediately, ensure prompt rescue and relief ops," the railway ministry said in a series of tweets.





Furthermore, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced 25,000 rupees for the injured and 50,000 rupees for the seriously injured.  Prabhu, along with Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal, is rushing to the derailment site in Andhra.



Railways have tied up with local bus service providers to arrange for transport. Five buses have already been arranged to take the passengers towards Palasa and Berhampur areas. Over 10 ambulances have been deployed to take the injured to hospital.





The latest deadly incident comes two months after 146 people were killed when a passenger train was derailed in Kanpur. Last month, 15 coaches of Sealdah-Ajmer Express had derailed while crossing a bridge over a dry canal near Rura, around 70 km from Kanpur; two of the coaches fell into the canal bed. Two persons were killed and at least 26 injured.