Kalinga Utkal Express train accident LIVE: In an unfortunate event, Puri Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh. The government has confirmed 20 deaths so far but according to the media reports, this number can go up.
Kalinga Utkal Express derailment


Kalinga Utkal Express train accident LIVE: In an unfortunate event, Puri Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh, reported ANI. As many as 14 coaches went off track and over 60 people have been reported injured in the incident. 



The train was going to Haridwar with its arrival time scheduled at 9 PM. However, the incident took place at around 5:50 PM. The accident happened in Khatauli which about 40 km away from Muzaffarnagar. 



Kalinga Utkal Express derailment


At least 23 people were feared injured as 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar area on Saturday evening. 



Reflecting on the incident, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation and that he has directed senior officials to take stock of the situation and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations.



Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu


Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced ex gratia of 3.5 Lakh for those who lost their lives, Rs.50 thousand for seriously injured.



Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has instructed Chairman of the Railway Board and member traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations after five coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar area on Saturday evening. 



Kalinga Utkal Express derailment


The Railway Minister has also rushed medical vans to the area and all efforts are being taken to ensure speedy rescue operations, Prabhu said ”All efforts are being taken to ensure that speedy rescue and relief operations take place”. 



The Railway Minister is also personally monitoring the situation and has ordered a probe to ascertain the cause of the derailment. Anil Saxena, spokesperson of Indian Railways has said that five coaches of the train derailed at 5:50 PM today, according to newswire service ANI.



Kalinga Utkal Express derailment


Suresh Prabhu also said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has promised all possible assistance, Prabhu said ”I am in close touch with the CM Adityanath, he has said that officials at state and district level will coordinate the rescue and relief operations”. 



Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath has meanwhile said that all possible assistance will be provided by the state government and those injured in the mishap will be given complete treatment, according to newswire service ANI.



Kalinga Utkal Express derailment


The National Disaster Response Force has sent a team of 44 rescuers and two search dogss to the site of the mishap in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar to assist in the rescue and relief operations. 




The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (UP ATS) has also sent a team to the accident site to probe whether the train derailment was linked to terror activities, according to ANI.





Source:FinancialExpress
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