At least seven passengers were killed and many injured after eight coaches of Malda-Delhi Farakka Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli on Wednesday morning.
The train was headed to New Delhi from Malda in West Bengal. According to Northern Railway Divisional Railway Manager Satish Kumar , the accident took place around 6 am near Harchandpur railway station.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force from Lucknow and Varanasi reached the accident site to carry out the rescue operations that are believed to be over now.
The train had left Malda at at 9.05 am Tuesday and was expected to arrive at its final destination in New Delhi at 2.35 pm Wednesday.
A report by news agency ANI said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken cognisance of the train accident and directed the DM, SP, health authorities and NDRF to provide all possible relief and rescue.
The state has witnessed several instances of train derailment in the recent past. In November 2016, more than 150 people were killed when Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Emergency helpline numbers set up at Mughalsarai junction.
BSNL-05412-254145 Railway-027-73677. Emergency helpline numbers set up at Patna Station – BSNL-0612-2202290, 0612-2202291, 0612-220229, Railway Phone No.- 025-83288