At least seven people were killed and several others injured as eight coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express train derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli district, today morning. New Farakka Express, train number 14003, was coming from Malda Town in West Bengal to New Delhi when 8 coaches and the engine derailed 50 meters from Harchandpur railway station in Raebareli.
Northern Railway Divisional Railway Manager Satish Kumar said the accident took place around 6.05 am. Trains and drone cameras are being used to monitor the situation on the accident site. NDRF teams from Varanasi and Lucknow were immediately rushed to the accident site. The derailment took place 50 metres from the Harchandpur railway station.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the accident and has directed the DM, SP, health authorities and NDRF to provide all possible relief and rescue. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has also ordered an enquiry in the accident. He has directed authorities to effectively undertake relief and rescue operations and provide best possible medical help to the injured.
Prime MInister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the rail accident. “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a rail accident in Raebareli. Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly. UP Government, Railways and NDRF are ensuring all possible assistance at the site of the accident,” he wrote on Twitter.