Published on : Monday, January 23, 2017
A train derailment in Andhra Pradesh, India, claimed 36 lives and also injured 50. The incident occurred in the south-eastern part of India on Saturday night.
The engine of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneshwar express had derailed around 11 p.m. close to Kuneru railway station that is located in Vizianagram district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Eight coaches of the train had completely derailed. A spokesperson of the national railway named Anil Kumar Saxena said that the death toll has risen up to 36 and probably it is going to rise much further.
Ranga Rao who is the local police superintendent said that nine bogies were derailed.
He went on to add that out of them, three have turned and fallen out of the track. A majority of the casualties and deaths are from the sleeper-class compartments of the train.
Rao claimed that there has been no evidence of any kind of sabotage and that a technical fault appears to have caused the accident. Currently, rescue operations have commenced. The coaches that have not been derailed have been moved away from the scene of the incident. He said that the investigation is underway.
Then, he said that there were 600 people inside the carriages of the train.
Most of these people had to be moved to the ‘unaffected portion of the train’. Railway officials and also the local government were ensuring that rescue operations are being conducted. Also, a few relief trains have been sent to evacuate the passengers.
The train had been travelling to Bhubaneshwar from Jagdalpur. Bhubaneshwar is the capital of the state of Odisha.
It was during this time that the trail came off the track by nearly 160 kilometres from Vishakhapatnam. Thirteen of the 22 coaches of this train were not affected. But then, the rail traffic on the coast line has been suspended.
The railway network of India continues to be the main form of long-distance travel in this country. However, it suffers from lack of adequate financing. Therefore, quite often, deadly accidents occur.
On Friday, 10 coaches of an express train had been derailed in western Rajasthan.
It left several passengers with minor injuries.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has said that the incident is ‘saddening’. His government has promised to invest $137 billion over the next five years to renovate the deteriorating railway network thereby making them safer and more efficient.
The government has already signed deals with private companies to improve the network.
Japan has decided to offer $12 billion in soft loans to help India build its first bullet train.