The Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in the early hours of Sunday in Andhra Pradesh. The death toll has risen to 23, and could go up even further. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu Announced Rs 5 lakh for victims families of the Hirakhand Express Derailment. Union Railway Minister suresh Prabhu has already announced Rs 2 lakh to families of all the victims of the incident. Indian Railways Official Anil saxena says the cause behind the Hirakhand Express derailment is being probed, and that a National Disaster Response Force unit has reached the spot and is helping in rescue and relief operations.
Total 9 bogies were derailed of which three have turned and fallen off the track,” said local Superintendent of Police L.K.V. Ranga Rao. “Most of the casualties and deaths are from the three sleeper-class compartments.”.
“We are investigating the reason for accident.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted that the tragedy was “saddening” and said the railways ministry was working to ensure quick relief and rescue operations.
The compensation will be paid under Chandranna Bima, the state insurance scheme.Naidu tweeted that he was anguished to learn about the derailment of the Jagadalpur-Bhubaneswar Express. At least 50 persons were injured in the accident.”My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. We are investigating the reason for the accident,” he said.
The Chief Minister said the Director General of Police will hand over the bodies in coordination with Odisha authorities.
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