Madhya Pradesh was struck by twin train tragedies on the early hours of Wednesday morning after two trains, Kamayani Express and Janata Express, derailed and 15 of their coaches plunged into the swollen river. 27 people have died from the accident while over 40 are injured. Over 300 have been rescued so far.
It was first Kamayani Express, travelling from Mumbai to Varanasi, which derailed near Harda, 160 kms south of the state’s capital Bhopal. Officials said that a special team with doctors and rescue staff had left for the accident site.
Harda district’s collector, Rajnish Srivastav said that some coaches have fallen into river Machak. Most rivers in Madhya Pradesh are currently flowing at the dangerous level following monsoon rains.
Reports suggested that Kamayani Express had left Khirkiya station at around 11:07 pm while the accident occurred around 12:15 am after the engine crossed the bridge. As many as 10 of its coaches fell into the river.
Moments later, another train, Janata Express, which travels from Jabalpur to Mumbai, derailed at the same bridge with five of its coaches plunging into the river.
By 4 in the morning, the rescue team claimed it had pulled out more than 300 people out of water. However, experts fear that the number of casualties could be considerably higher. But the Railway PRO said that the rescue team had managed to save quite a lot of people thereby significantly reducing the likelihood of a huge fatalities.
News agency ANI tweeted these first few photos from the place of accident.
Twin Train Derailment in MP: First Pictures from the spot where trains derailed pic.twitter.com/YQv5QhaNgS
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 4, 2015
Railways has released the following helpline numbers.
Helpline (Mumbai) : (022) – 25280005
Helpline (Bhiringi) : (016) – 48426
Helpline (Bhopal) : (0755) – 4001609
Helpline (Harda) : (+91) – 9752460088
Helpline (Bina) : (07580) – 222580
Helpline (Itarsi) : (07572) – 241920