Two passenger trains in India lost in railway killed passengers after being hit by flash floods on a bridge killing at least 27 people in the latest deadly accident on the rail network.
Rescuers have been searching for passengers trapped on the trains that fell down when a flash floods hits in Madhya Pradesh state. West Central Railway PRO Piyush Mathur said, “Seven bogies of Kamayani Express and engine plus three coaches of Janata Express were derailed between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations near Harda.”
The trains were crossing a bridge and lost in railway over the rain-swollen Machak river, about 950km from India’s capital, Delhi. There were almost 300 people were rescued, numbers were brought to the hospital, after about 10 of the trains’ carriages derailed outside the town of Harda at about 11.30 pm, police and other officials said.
According to Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said: “There was water on tracks and the bridge was submerged. So the last bogies of Kamayani Express got derailed. Simultaneously, on the other track the engines and coaches of the Janata Express also got derailed.”
India has one of the world’s largest railway networks and carries more than 23 million passengers each day. However, many parts of the vast network are poorly maintained and accidents are common. The government has ordered an inquiry into the cause of train lost in railway that cause accident, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sadness at the loss of life.
“Rushing emergency medical and other relief personnel to spot, darkness, water creating hurdles but ordered all possible help. Trying our best,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.
A government report said in 2012, almost 15,000 people were killed every year in incidents on the rail network, describing the deaths as an annual massacre due mainly to poor safety standards.IMAGE/ibnlive.com