24 Dead as Kamayani, Janata Express Trains Derail in Madhya Pradesh: Latest Developments
- Six coaches of the Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express derailed around 11:30 pm while crossing a culvert near the Kudawa railway station, around 25 kilometres from Harda. Minutes later, four coaches and the engine of the Jabalpur-Mumbai Janata Express, which was travelling in the opposite direction, derailed.
- The track caved in due to heavy rain and waterlogging in the area, leading to the derailment, said Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena.
- “Enquiry ordered,Ex gratia to be paid immediately.Flooding of tracks due to very heavy downpour.Will make detailed statement to parliament,” tweeted Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
- Police and doctors have been deployed to the accident site, with television footage showing medical supplies being piled on a nearby station platform and rescuers combing through tilted carriages.
- “Rescue operations are in full swing. Things are under control and most of the people have been rescued,” Mr Saxena told NDTV.
- “The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Rescuers said operations were being hampered by flooding in the area with officials working through the night, mostly in darkness.
- “The entire area has been reeling under heavy rainfall for the last few days. The roads are badly damaged, even the access road,” Mr Saxena said.
- All private and government hospitals in Harda were alerted and made ready to accommodate the victims.
- Rail traffic in the area has been hit, with at least 25 trains from Mumbai being diverted. Trains from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were temporarily stopped. Sources said some of the trains may be diverted via Rajasthan-Kota route.
2 Passenger Trains Derail in Madhya Pradesh, 5 Bogies Fall in River
Bhopal (August 4): Several passengers were feared dead when two express trains tonight derailed while crossing a bridge on swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh, senior district officials said.
Kamayani Express enroute to Varanasi from Mumbai derailed near Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal, around 11.45 PM while the Janata Express derailed around the same time.
“There was water on tracks and the bridge was submerged. So the last bogies of Kamayani Express got derailed. Simultaneously, on the other track the engines and coaches of the Janata Express also got derailed,” Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said.
He said that some casualties are feared.
Harda Collector Rajnish Shrivastava told PTI that derailment took place near Khirkiya and Harda station on Machak river.
Some bogies and engines of both the trains are in water, he said.
Hoshangabad Division Commissioner V K Batham said that Janata Express also derailed at the same spot on its way to Mumbai from Jabalpur.
“Rushing emergency medical & other relief personnel to spot. darkness, water creating hurdles but ordered all possible help. Trying our best (sic), ” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted. He said efforts were underway to pull back the bogies.
Minister said Railway administration and MP govt are working together to rescue passengers of Kamyani express accident. He further said that GM, DRM,RPF and medical staff have been directed to rush to the spot.