Seven persons were killed and over 60 are injured when nine bogies and the engine of the New Farakka Express train derailed 50 m from Harchandpur railway station in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, today (Wednesday, October 10) morning.
NDRF teams from Lucknow and Varanasi reached the spot to help with the rescue, news agency ANI reported. The rescue operations reportedly concluded late afternoon with the injured taken to various hospitals. A medical relief train has been deployed. Various helpline numbers have been made available to the public for queries.
Officials of the Northern Railways (NR) said accident relief trains from Lucknow and Varanasi districts have been already rushed to help detach the derailed bogies and repair the damaged track would start. They said a portion of railway track was uprooted from its original position after the accident.
Several others trains were halted as the Varanasi-Lucknow railway track is not clear.
The train (No 14003) had left Malda Town Station in West Bengal at 9.05 am Tuesday and was scheduled to reach New Delhi at 2.35 pm Wednesday. The accident took place at 6.10 am.
“The Farakka Express derailed in Harchandpur police station area of Rae Bareli district. The injured have been rushed to Harchanpur PHC and the district hospital. DM, SP, CO, SDM are present at the spot Relief operations are in full swing,” said ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said, adding that an Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team will also be sent.
“Drones, Long-range cameras are being used in the rescue operation. Other than the five deaths reported before, two more bodies have been extricated. The two were trapped inside a bogie and heavy duty cutters are being used to extricate trapped passengers,” he added.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Railways minister Piyush Goyal announced compensation for the families of the dead as well as injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident.
“Anguished by the loss of lives due to a rail accident in Raebareli. Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting PM Modi.
He said the UP government, railways and the National Disaster Response Force were ensuring all possible assistance at the site of the accident.