Seven people died and 35 were injured after nine coaches of the New Farakka Express train derailed in Raebareli of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday morning. The place where the coaches derailed is 50 km from Harchandpur railway station. The accident took place at around 6 this morning. The train was headed towards West Bengal’s Malda Town.
Two passengers trapped under coaches were rescued immediately. However, officials fear that the death toll could rise.
ADG law and order Anand Kumar said that hydraulic cutters were being used for the rescue operations. Several disaster management teams are working to bring out passengers to safety. A team of doctors left for the accident spot from Lucknow, and emergency helpline numbers have been set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction. The ADG also said that the reason behind the derailment would be known only after a team from the Anti-Terrorism Squad examines the area.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.
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