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Seven killed as New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli in UP

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow/New Delhi 

Nine coaches and the engine of the bound New Express derailed near in early Wednesday, killing at least seven people and seriously injuring nine, officials said.

The accident on the New Express (14003) that was on its from Malda in to took place in Harchandpur area of district at 6.10 am, (ADG), Law and Order, said.

About 30-35 people received minor injuries, he said.

Ten women and six minors are among the injured, railway officials added.

Four of the seriously injured are being treated at the trauma centre of Lucknow's and two at the city's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, told reporters.

The other injured were taken to Rae Bareli, about 80 km from the state capital Lucknow, for treatment, officials said.

were made for passengers, who were evacuated by buses to to facilitate their onward journey.

A special train, which was arranged for the stranded passengers, will leave for at 2 pm, officials said.

expressed his anguish at the loss of lives.

"Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly," tweeted quoting Modi.

He said the UP government, railways and the were ensuring all possible assistance at the site of the accident.

Railways announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the dead, Rs 1 lakh for the injured and Rs 50,000 for those with minor injuries.

"I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and those injured in the accident near I am in touch with officials for relief work," Goyal tweeted.

The has ordered an enquiry to be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle.

also announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

The chief minister, who headed a cabinet meeting to condole the loss of lives, directed the of police, district magistrate, of police, health authorities and the NDRF to provide all possible assistance to relief and rescue operations.

Sources said was on his way to the

An NDRF team, comprising 40 personnel, and senior officials from the state and the railways, reached the site of the accident.

According to ADG Kumar, the reason for derailment will be known after an Anti-Terrorism Squad is sent for an on-the-spot probe.

Emergency helpline numbers were set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction, Mughalsarai, officials said.

All up and down lines on the route were blocked and officials suspect that the number of casualties may rise.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 13:00 IST