The incident took place in Khautali in Muzaffarnagar, barely 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi.The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

utkal express derailment

At least 23 people have lost their lives and 60+ sustained injuries when 14 bogies of the Utkal Express, which runs on the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga route, derailed on Saturday evening in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar. 



The local administration officials have rushed to the spot, and the railway officials are fearing casualties. Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order, told CNN-News18 that he was not in a position to comment on the reason behind the derailment.



News agency ANI quoted railway spokesperson Anil Saxena confirming the number of dead to four in the incident that took place around 5.46 p.m in Khautali in Muzaffarnagar, barely 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand.



Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an inquiry into the train derailment to ascertain its cause. "Strict action will be taken against any lapse," the minister tweeted.







utkal express derailment
The incident took place in Khautali in Muzaffarnagar, barely 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi


The number of casualties is not known yet. The district administration has begun rescue operations; National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been sent from Delhi.







Local administration officials have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway, officials in Delhi said. Sub-Divisional Magistrate told NDTV that about 50 people have been rescued so far.







The derailment is likely to affect movement of trains on the busy Northern Railway route.





HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES:

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Railways Ministry & UP Government are doing everything possible & providing all assistance required in the wake of the train derailment: PM- PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 19, 2017


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted,"Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased."


  • Death toll rises to 23.


No exact numbers on casualties. Our two ministers Satish Mahana and Suresh Rana sent to the spot: Yogi Adityanath


  • Four dead in train derailment confirms Indian Railways.

  • RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav criticises Railway Ministry and Centre, demanded Suresh Prabhu's resignation

  • Around 70 people have been injured. Rescue operations to last for four more hours

  • Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha to visit the site with seniors officers.

  • Sources present at the site said that there was a possibility of more coaches being derailed.

  • 9 PAC Companies issued orders to immediately reach Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar to extend help in Relief and Rescue operations.

  • Ambulances reach train derailment site near Muzaffarnagar.

Have ordered inquiry to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

Sad incident, injured passengers will be given complete treatment. Directions issued for all possible assistance: UP CM Adityanath.

  • NDRF teams mobilised for rescue operation at Khatauli railway station in Muzaffarnagar.


Medical vans have been rushed to the site.All efforts being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations.- Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 19, 2017
Have instructed Chairman Rly Board,Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation- Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 19, 2017

  • Police and emergency teams have rushed to the spot and rescue operations are underway. Several locals have also joined the teams to assist the rescue operations. Sources said that train was on its way to Haridwar from Puri.

  • There is no confirmation on the number of casualties yet.







Source:NEWS18 & NDTV
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