At least two people were reportedly killed and several others got injured after Ajmer-Saeldah express on Wednesday derailed near Rura in Kanpur of Uttar Pradesh.
The mishap took place around 6 AM near Rura railway station, 70 km from here, Northern Central Railways PRO AmitMalviya said.
Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation. UP CM Akhilesh Yadav announced compensation of Rs 50000 for critically injured passengers and Rs 25000 for those who sustained minor injuries. Suresh Prabhu also announced Rs 50000 for critically injured and Rs 25000 for those who sustained minor injuries.
Injured were immediately taken to hospital after rescue teams arrived on the spot. Two people have lost their lives in the accident, as reported by PTI. However, Railways Ministry clarifies that there has been no death reported yet.
Asked about the reason of the derailment, Anil Saxena, Indian Railways spokesperson said, "there was dense fog in the morning". Due to the mishap, the Kanpur-Howrah route has been temporarily closed.
1/Personally monitoring the situation in wake of unfortunate derailment of Sealdah-Ajmer express near Kanpur— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 28, 2016
2/Have directed senior officials to reach the site immediately— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 28, 2016
3/Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 28, 2016
4/Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 28, 2016
Ex gratia will be paid to injured . All passengers are being provided with necessary assistance to ensure least inconvenience.Doing our best— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 28, 2016
"No indication of casualties as of now. Ambulances and medical relief team has reached spot, said Anil Saxena,Indian Railways Spokesperson.
List of trains diverted following derailment of SaeldahAjmer Express is also out.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 28, 2016
Derailment of 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Exp. at Rura station on Kanpur-Tundla— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) December 28, 2016
No Death reported,Injuries reported 44.list of injured following pic.twitter.com/UFaO8l0M5L