Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar train derailment: 15-20 injured

Sunday, 20 Aug, 2017

On receiving the information about the accident, the Muzaffarnagar police and administrative officials have come to the rescue with relief teams on the spot. The incident took place around 5:40 pm.

Two dozen people including many women and children have been admitted to nearby medical facilities and hospitals and are undergoing treatment.

It is feared that some passengers might have been trapped under the bogies. "Have instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations".

The numbers are: 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131- 2436564.

The Railway Ministry was also in close touch with the Uttar Pradesh government to coordinate rescue and relief operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reported to be monitoring the situation.

Earlier in the evening, he ordered an inquiry into the train derailment to ascertain its cause.

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, too, tweeted about the tragedy and said that all help was being provided to the victims.

At least 10 passenger trains on the busy route were diverted following the accident, a Northern Railway release said. "Still monitoring situation closely", Prabhu tweeted.

- Union Minister of Railway Suresh Prabhu announced ex gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the next kin, Rs. 50, 000 for those seriously injured and Rs. 25, 000 for people with minor injuries. As of now, it's not clear how the accident happened.

Expressing his deep concern over the tragic incident he directed the commerce and transport department to work in coordination with the Railway department in rescue operation.

He also asked the chairman of the Railway Board to oversee the operations.