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Earlier today least 116 people lost their lives in India when the Patna-Indore Express derailed near the city of Kanpur.
14 out of the 23 carriages were involved in the derailment and the rescue teams are still working to clear the last derailed cars according to the deputy inspector general of police in Kanpur Rajesh Modak.
The other cars have been cleared and thus far over 130 people lost their lives and many are injured.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles the loss of lives due to the derailment according to one of the messages on his Twitter account. Later on he stated those injured
The Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is “monitoring the situation closely”. According to his twitter message Mr Prabhu went to the scene of the accident to personally monitor the rescue and relief operation.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex gratia has states for the next in kin of those who died in the derailment and compensation will be granted of 2 Lakhs rupees (200.000 rupees) and 50.000 rupees for those injured from the PMNRF (Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund)
India has a history of train accidents where some of the worst accidents recorded reached up to 800 deaths. Too often bad maintenance and poor railway constructions were the reasons behind these fatalities.
The Indian government has realized this and announced last year to invest $137 billion over the course of the next 5 years to improve railway conditions.
By the Editor in Chief