In one of the biggest and worst train tragedies, 14 coaches of Patna-Indore Express derailed on early November 20 morning, killing more than 110 passengers and injuring 200 in Pukhrayan area of Kanpur Rural district.
The accident occurred when a majority of the passengers were asleep.
Railway and army personnel along with teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Uttar Pradesh Police were rushed to the spot to assist with the rescue operations. Medical teams are also rushed to the site to give first aid treatment to the injured passengers.
After the train accident, several passengers were seen sitting shell-shocked next to the train’s wreckage, while some were seen praying with tears pouring out of their eyes, as they came to terms with their survival, said media reports.
According to latest media reports, survivors said that the first to reach the accident site were villagers. The NDRF and other teams came later.
Police teams were deployed along the route of the mishap site to help the 30-odd ambulances which were at the spot to help reach the injured to the hospitals without delay.
After the Centre, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh announced ex-gratia for the families of the deceased and seriously injured, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next kin of the deceased of Bihar travelling in the ill-fated train.