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Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails in UP

Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails in UP

On Friday morning, 13 coaches on the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh.

Less than 12 hours before the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment, 14 wagons of a goods train derailed in Odisha's Khurda Road.

In November previous year, the Indore-Patna Express had derailed in Pokhrayan near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, killing over 150 people. The incident has disrupted the movement of trains on the Patna-Allahabad route.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today expressed his grief after a train derailed in the Chitrakoot district killing three people and injuring nine more.

All the injured have been rushed to Chitrakoot District Hospital. Let us hope all of them will be fine. "Ashwani Lohani, railway board chairman, has been asked to rush to the spot", said Anil Saxena, Railway spokesperson. The improper welding of track's joint and oxidised track was said to be reasons behind the derailment.

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Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the incident and announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the family of the dead, Rs. 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries and Rs. 50,000 for the injured.

The Railways have set up a helpline no. 05322226276.

Railway Minister Goyal was monitoring the rescue operations, Saxena added.

The derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express includes S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10, S11 along with two extra sleeper coaches and two general coaches. "My honest condolences to the families of the deceased". The railway department must take necessary steps in preventing the train derailments. According to some reports, a broken train track was the cause of the accident, and could've been repaired to avoid it from happening.


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