New Farakka Express train derailment: Drones being used to monitor situation

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 10, 2018, 10.50 AM(IST)

Nine coaches and the engine of the train jumped the tracks 50 metres from Harchandpur railway station at about 6.05 Wednesday morning. Harchandpur is in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district.  Photograph:( ANI )

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Nine coaches and the engine of the train jumped the tracks in UP's Raebareli Wednesday morning. Seven people are dead and 21 injured. 

 

 

Drones and long-range cameras are being used to monitor the situation at the New Farakka Express train accident site

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Nine coaches and the engine of the train jumped the tracks 50 metres from Harchandpur railway station at about 6.05 Wednesday morning. Harchandpur is in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district. 

Seven people are dead and 21 injured. 

The injured have been taken to hospital. It is feared though that the death toll may rise. 

The railways has said all passengers have been evacuated from the train. And the National Disaster Response Force has said there is no "live victim" trapped in the wreckage. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meanwhile tweeted that he was "anguished by the loss of lives". 

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of each of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to those with serious injuries, and Rs 50,000 to those with minor injuries. He has also ordered an enquiry into the accident, which will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle. 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next of the kin of each the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those with serious injuries.