Update: Death toll rises to 120. More than 200 injured.
Update: Over 115 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, in the worst train accident in recent years when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed here in Kanpur rural area in the wee hours today due to suspected rail fracture.
Update: Death toll reaches 100 in the train accident near Kanpur in Uttar pradesh. Over 100 killed in Indore-Patna Express derailment: ADG, Law and Order, Daljeet Chowdhury, reports news agency PTI.
Update: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu announces Rs 3.5 lakh ex-gratia for those killed in derailment and Rs 50,000 for those grievously injured. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to deceased families. Rs 50,000 to passengers with serious injuries, Rs 25,000 for minor injuries.
MP CM announces Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of deceased; Rs 50,000 for those critically injured.
Kanpur: At least 91 people were killed and more than 100 injured as 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express ran off the tracks today near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh this morning.
The incident took place at around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur, at a time when most of the passengers were asleep. Television images showed several severely mangled coaches piled up against each other.
Northern Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar said that doctors and senior railway officials reached the spot soon after the accident and rescue operations were underway. The cause of the accident was not known immediately.
Mr Kumar said that most of the casualties are reported from the S2 coach which is severely damaged. Buses have been called in to help passengers complete their journey, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had spoken to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who was monitoring the situation closely.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted that he had asked neighbouring district officials to pool in resources for quicker relief operations.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the National Disaster Response Force has been also been sent in.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted about the accident saying an inquiry had been ordered into the incident and announced compensation for the victims.
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