Nine coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh killing seven people and leaving over 35 injured. The accident took place around 6:05 am Wednesday near Harchandpur Station in Rae Bareli. The train was headed to New Delhi from Malda town in West Bengal.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from Lucknow and Varanasi were rushed immediately to the accident site for rescue operations. The District Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate and Superintendent of Police have also reached the site. Six buses were sent to help evacuate around 300 passengers.
ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said that drones and long-range cameras are being used in the rescue operations. Authorities are using heavy duty cutters to extricate passengers trapped in the train.
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The officials have said a team of doctors have reached the site from Lucknow. The injured passengers are taken to nearby hospitals. Also, emergency helpline numbers are set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay junctions in Mughalsarai.
Railway: 027-73677 BSNL: 05412-254145
Raebareli: 0535 2213154 Varanasi: 0542-2503814
A special train is organised for the passengers to reach Delhi from Lucknow. Many trains have been diverted or
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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. UP Government, Railways and NDRF are ensuring all possible assistance at the site of the accident.”
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Sad to learn about railway accident in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. State govt, Railways and NDRF taking all steps to help affected people. Heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and wishing an early recovery to those injured.”
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a compensation of Rs 2 Lakh for the families of those who died in the accident and of Rs 50,000 for those who are seriously injured.