බදාදා, 05 අගෝස්තු 2015 08:28

Indian trains in deadly derailment in Madhya Pradesh

Two passenger trains in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have derailed within minutes of each other, killing at least 19 people, officials say.
The trains were crossing a partially flooded bridge near Harda when they derailed within minutes of each other.


One of the trains was on its way from Varanasi to Mumbai, while the other was travelling in the opposite direction.
Several coaches from both trains are reported to have fallen into the swollen river below.
Local media are quoting officials as saying 300 people were rescued, and 25 were injured.
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The Press Trust of India reported that it was not clear how many passengers the trains had been carrying.
It quoted a railways official as saying the river below the bridge crossing was fuller than usual due to recent rainfall.
The NDTV station said the accident may have been caused because heavy rain had damaged the bridge.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted: "Rushing emergency medical and other relief personnel to spot. Darkness, water creating hurdles but ordered all possible help. Trying our best."
Safety standards on India's massive state-run railway network, which operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries some 23 million passengers every day, has been an ongoing concern amid a spate of accidents.
Last July at least 18 children were killed along with their driver when a school bus was hit by a train in the state of Telangana.(BBC)

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