Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Death toll rises to 29 as Kamayani, Janata Express trains derail in Madhya Pradesh

At least 29 people, including 11 women and 5 children, have been killed after the Kamayani Express from Mumbai to Varanasi and the Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express derailed near Kudawa railway station, about 30 kilometres from Harda district in south western Madhya Pradesh, late on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, according to PTI, has said that 12 people have been killed and 25 others injured in the accident.

Those killed include nine men, eight women and five children. Two of them reportedly died after being electrocuted during the rescue effort in the twin tragedy.

Both Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express and Jabalpur-Mumbai Janata Express, got derailed while crossing a bridge on Machak River, near Khirkiya and Harda station, about 160 kms from Bhopal.

Kamayani Express was the first to get derailed at around 11:30 pm and Janata Express met with the accident just a few minutes later.

Railway authorities said the sudden flow of water on the tracks caused the derailment.

"We think tracks were breached because of the flow of excessive water," said an officer.

Meanwhile a 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.

More than 300 people have been rescued after the two trains derailed while crossing a swollen Machak river, said officials. According to officials, six 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. “The mishap took place around 11.30 PM on Tuesday as base material of the tracks got washed away in heavy rains.”

Harda district collector Rajnish Srivastava said that incident took place near Khirkiya and Harda station on Machak River in which seven coaches of Kamayani Express and three coaches with the engine of Janata Express got derailed.

"It seems that base material on the tracks got washed away following heavy rains when the two trains coming from opposite directions on the Up and Down tracks met with the accident almost simultaneously," he said.

Wednesday 5 August 2015


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