The death toll in the Indore-Rajendra Nagar train derailment in the Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh has gone up to 120 with some people still reported missing. The train disaster took place early Sunday morning when 14 coaches of the train went off the rails.

Fourteen coaches of the train rolled off the track after 3 a.m. in Pukhraya, 100 kms from Kanpur, when most of the passengers were sleeping. Four sleeper coaches- S1, S2, S3, S4 were badly damaged.  Around 200 people have been reported injured.

Rescue operations were carried on by the railway personnel, the army, the National Disaster Relief Force and the state police along with the locals. A number of trapped passengers were rescued. Ambulances and roadway buses have been rushed to the spot for speedy relief operations. The NDRF said that most bodies were beyond recognition. Cold cutters were employed to break open the compartments for rescuing the passengers. The derailed bogies are being removed from the track. According to sources in the railway, the train disaster could have been caused due to rail fracture. Newspaper reports hold the inability of the railways to upgrade the tracks and do proper maintenance as the likely cause.

The Prime Minister expressed grief for the loss of lives in the derailment and in a tweet said , “Anguished beyond words on the loss of the lives due to derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.” He further said that the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the accident from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. Minister Prabhu tweeted that Rs 3.5 lakhs will be given to the kin of the deceased as ex-gratia. Compensation of Rs 50,000 in case of grievous injury and Rs 25,000 in case of simple injury in addition to the compensation that will be available through the Railway Claims Tribunal.

Prime Minister Modi further mentioned that the accident will be probed and asked the railways to work toward achieving the zero accident target to make train journeys safe.

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