At least 29 passengers, including 11 women and five children, were killed and 25 others injured when several coaches of two trains, one heading to Mumbai and another to Varanasi, derailed over a railway bridge in Harda district and plunged into the swollen Machak river.
Over 250 passengers have been rescued, a railway official said.
The Railway Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the twin train derailments and compensation for the families of the victims.
“Twenty nine bodies, including those of 13 men, 11 women and five children, have been recovered so far from the mishap site between Khirkiya and Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal,” Madhya Pradesh government spokesman Anupam Rajan told PTI, adding that the toll could further go up.
The toll could further go up, he said. Over 250 passengers have been rescued, a Railway official said.
Seven coaches of Kamayani Express and three coaches plus the engine of Janata Express were derailed between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations near Hardaas the base material on the tracks got washed away.
The mishap took place around 11.30 PM on Tuesday as base material of the tracks got washed away in heavy rains.
Meanwhile, rescue operations continued even as several passengers were feared trapped in water after coaches of both the train plunged into the river. The accident relief train has reached the spot and several passengers have been brought to a nearby station.
Kamayani Express enroute to Varanasi from Mumbai derailed near Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal, and the Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express derailed around 11.30
12:12 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
MP government to give Rs. 2 lakh compensation
Apart from amount given by the Railways, the Madhya Pradesh government will give Rs. 2 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased. Rs 50,000 to grievously injured and 10,000 for minor injuries, said CM shivraj singh Chouhan.
12:11 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
12:10 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Death toll in the accident has gone up to 29, including 11 women and five children.
10:50 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Digvijaya Singh says Prabhu must quit
Taking to micro blogging site, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh demanded resignation of Suresh Prabhu. He said, “What is happening Mr Prabhu ? We always considered you to be a good Minister. May I remind you? Shastri ji resigned after a train accident. Madhav Rao Scindhia resigned after a Plane Crash. But we know you won’t you are in bad company who don’t know the meaning of accountability.”
He further added, “Deeply grieved to hear about the deaths in Train accident in MP. Accountability must be fixed. Heads must roll. Would they? No. Because BJP doesn’t believe in fixing accountability & taking action. Why ? As Rajnath Ji said “in BJP no one resigns. We are not Congress”
9:27 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Accident could have been avoided: Former Railways Minister
Former union railways minister Dinesh Trivedi said, “This is totally unacceptable.
He added, The truth is that year-after-year, the Railways require Rs. 60000 crores for maintenance, and unfortunately they do not have that money. Knowingly, you jeopardizing the lives of the common man, and that is not done. The reason for this derailment and other previous ones is man-made. This could have been avoided.”
9:19 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Railways announce compensation
Harda twin train mishap: Railways announce a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to the next of the kin of the deceased. Rs 50,000 to grievously injured and 25,000 for minor injuries.
8:01 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Deeply pained over the loss of lives, says PM Modi
PM Modi tweets, “The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased.
7:58 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Inquiry ordered into the twin train mishap in Harda; Commissioner Railway Safety (central zone) to conduct the probe: Railways.
7:40 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
According to Madhya Pradesh government 20 people have been killed in the accident.
Images from the site
6:47 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
The railways have announced two helpline numbers: 05422503814 and 62733 for those wanting information about their kith and kin involved in the mishap.
Kamyani Express Derailment in MP, WCR Helpline No : Itarsi – 07572 241920, Bina – 07580 222052, Harda – 09752460088, Bhopal – 0755 4001609
WCR Derailment CR opened Help line no at CST Mumbai: 022-22694040, LTT 022-25280005, Thane 022-25334840, KALYAN 0251-2311499
6:31 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
6:27 IST Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Taking to micro blogging site, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “Railways administration & MP government working together to rescue passengers of Kamyani express accident. We are gearing up all possible help on basis of info,will not spare any efforts.”
(With PTI inputs)