Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was chairing a digital assembly with the chief ministers on the Covid state of affairs on the time of the accident, took details about the mishap from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
According to preliminary studies, the Guwahati-Bikaner Express 15633 (up) began from Bikaner in Rajasthan was heading to Guwahati in Assam by way of Patna when the accident happened close to Maynaguri in Jalpaiguri district at round 5.15 pm on Thursday.
Maynaguri was not one of many train’s 34 stoppages’ record and the Bikaner Express was merely passing Jalpaiguri on the time of the incident.
The Indian Railways stated that 12 coaches have been affected, including that the DRM and ADRM have rushed to the positioning together with the accident reduction train and medical van. According to railway authorities, 4 of the 12 coaches have been totally broken and the rescue groups, together with that from NDRF and BSF, are attempting to minimize open the coaches with fuel cutters.
“If there are people inside the fully-damaged coaches, the number of deaths will increase. One coach is reported to have fallen into the water. We are trying to find out the condition of the coach. It has become dark, so the rescue operation is getting delayed,” a senior railway official stated.
As per sources, there have been round 1,200 passengers on board the in poor health-fated train.
“Deeply concerned to hear about the tragic accident of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express in Maynaguri. Senior officers of the state government, DM/SP/IG North Bengal are supervising rescue and relief operations. Those injured will receive medical attention as early as possible,” Banerjee stated.
“Spoke to GM @RailNf and gathered that all efforts are afoot to render assistance to injured and passengers in concert with agencies @RailMinIndia @MamataOfficial. Passengers would be taken to Guwahati by another train. Pray speedy recovery to injured,” West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted.
“In an unfortunate accident, 12 coaches of Bikaner-Guwahati Exp. derailed near New Maynaguri (West Bengal) this evening. Personally monitoring the situation for swift rescue operations,” Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted.
Vaishnaw, who would personally go to the accident web site on Friday, additionally apprised the Prime Minister of the entire state of affairs.
Meanwhile, the railway authorities have introduced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for the severely injured, and Rs 25,000 for the injured individuals.
According to the railway authorities, the explanation behind the accident is but to be decided however there was no drawback relating to sign, and it’s feared that the derailment happened due to some issues on the observe.
“The state rescue team along with three teams from NDRF are working on the rescue operations. The injured persons are being transferred to the Jalpaiguri Super Speciality Hospital, while the seriously injured people are being sent to the North Bengal Medical College,” stated the District Magistrate of Jalpaiguri, Moumita Godara Basu.