January 22, 2017 10:18:38 am
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday announced rupees two lakh as compensation for the kin of deceased in the Hirakhand express derailment in Andhra Pradesh last night, which claimed the lives of 26 people. He also 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 Pradesh.
At least 26 people were killed and more than 50 injured when coaches of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed near Kuneru station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh last night.
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Chief PRO of East Cost Railway JP Mishra said the incident took place around 11 PM when the train was going to Bhubaneswar. He said, four accident relief vans have been sent to the accident site. He said, the reason behind the incident is yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, Railway Ministry sources have told ANI that the element of sabotage has not been ruled out yet.
The number of casualties are likely to go up as the train was running at high speed while crossing Kuneru station where it had no stoppage. The injured have been shifted to hospitals at Parbatipuram and Rayagada.
A team of doctors have reached the accident site. Vijayanagaram and Rayagada District Administration are taking active part in rescue operations. Several trains on Vijayanagaram and Rayagada routes have been diverted.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring situation. He has directed senior officials to reach site and ensure prompt rescue and relief operations. Railway has issued helpline numbers.
These are – Rayagada 06856-223400, 06856-223500, 09439741181, 09439741071 and 07681878777. Helpline nos at Vizianagaram are 08922-221202 and 08922-221206.
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