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24 killed in twin derailments in MP

Harda Accident

Harda - At least 24 passengers, including 10 women and five children, were killed and 25 others injured when 12 coaches of two trains from Mumbai derailed in Harda in Madhya Pradesh and plunged into a swollen Machak river.

“Twenty four bodies, including nine men, 10 women and five children, have been recovered so far from the mishap site between Khirkiya and Harda, about 160 km from Bhopal,” Madhya Pradesh government spokesman Anupam Rajan told PTI.

The toll could further go up, he said. Over 250 passengers have been rescued, a Railway official said.

Seven coaches of Kamayani Express, running from Mumbai to Varanasi, and five bogies plus the engine of the Mumbai- Jabalpur Janata Express derailed at 11 pm last night, West Central Railway PRO Piyush Mathur said.

“Seven bogies of Kamayani Express and engine plus three coaches of Janata Express were derailed between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations near Harda,” Mathur said.

“Nearly 25 passengers suffered injuries,” he said. Search and rescue operations have been intensified, Divisional Commercial Railway Manager (DCRM) Brajendra Kumar said.

The accident relief train has reached the spot and several passengers have been brought to the nearby Harda station.

Railway Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the twin derailments and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to the next of the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to grievously injured and 25,000 to those who sustained minor injuries.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said all efforts are underway to rescue the passengers and top officials have been rushed to the site.

25 injured in MP train derailments, rescue ops on: WCR

Nearly 25 passengers were so far reported injured after two trains derailed while crossing a swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh even as rescue operations continued through the night, officials said today.

According to West Central Railway PRO Piyush Mathur seven coaches of Kamayani Express and three coaches plus the engine of Janata Express were derailed late last night as the base material on the tracks got washed away.

“Seven bogies of Kamayani Express and engine plus three coaches of Janata Express were derailed between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations near Harda,” Mathur said.

Flooding of tracks caused derailment: Railways

Railways today said the sudden flow of water on the tracks caused the derailment of the two trains while they were crossing the swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh.

“According to reports, there was a possible burst in a nearby dam which caused sudden flow of water on the tracks and that resulted in the derailment,” Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal told PTI. Several passengers have been rescued and sent to the nearest station, he said.

Mittal said the Railways will enquire into the two derailments. “We will call for an inquiry into the incidents and will also take remedial measures to prevent such incidents in future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Railway Board member (traffic) Kundan Sinha said the tracks have been breached because of the flow of excessive water and the particular section has been closed for any train movement. The accident relief train has reached the spot and several passengers have been brought to a nearby station, Sinha added.

PM Modi expresses distress over twin train accident in MP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed distress and pain over the loss of lives in twin train accident in Madhya Pradesh and said authorities are doing everything possible on the ground.

“The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased,” Modi tweeted.

“My prayers with the injured. Authorities are doing everything possible on the ground. The situation is being monitored very closely,” Modi said in another tweet.

Railways order inquiry into twin train mishaps in MP

Railways today ordered an inquiry into the twin train derailments in Harda in Madhya Pradesh which have left 24 passengers dead and ordered compensation for the families of the victims.

Commissioner Railway Safety (central zone) will conduct an inquiry into the accidents, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said.

He said though prime facie flash floods caused the derailment of these two trains, the real cause will be ascertained after the submission of the inquiry report.

The official said just eight minutes before the accident, two trains had crossed that section and drivers of these trains did not detect any problem.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu expressed grief over the death of passengers in the twin train accidents and extended his deep condolences to the bereaved families.

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