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Harda trains accident claims 28 lives

August 5, 2015 - Hyderabad

As of now, 28 passengers were reportedly killed when two express trains derailed on Tuesday while crossing a bridge on Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh.

Railway sources said that around 11.45pm, Janata Express derailed and at the same time Kamayani Express en route to Varanasi from Mumbai derailed. The death toll may likely to go up.

Helplines: Harda: 9752460088; Bina: 0758 -0222580; Bhopal: 0755 - 4001609; Itarsi: 0757- 2241920

Prime Minister, President expresses condolences :
President of India Pranab Mukherjee expressed condolenceds over the incident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences that goes as ‘ The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased.’. The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed ‘Heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in the train accident near Harda in MP. NDRF teams have been rushed to the spot’. Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu twweted: Enquiry ordered, Ex gratia to be paid immediately. Flooding of tracks due to very heavy downpour.Will make detailed statement to parliament— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 5, 2015.

Ex-gratia announced:
The Railways have announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the kind of the deceased, Rs.50,000 to persons who are seriously injured and Rs.25,000 for those with minor injuries.

Trains diverted/cancelled:
West Central Railway PRO Piyush Mathur says: ‘Seven bogies of Kamayani Express and engine plus three coaches of Janata Express were derailed between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations near Harda.’ Harda Collector Rajnish Shrivastava said 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 Divisional Commissioner V.K. Batham said that Janata Express also derailed at the same spot on its way to Mumbai from Jabalpur.

Sources from Harda said that 31 people were killed including 10 women and five children. The Chairman of the Railway Board AK Mittal said that the derailment of the two trains may have been caused by a sudden flash of flood.

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