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23 die in train derailment in India's Uttar Pradesh

Saturday 19/August/2017 - 08:58 PM
Sada El Balad
At least 23 people have been killed after a train derailed in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh، a government official said on Saturday.

The accident happened in the town of Khatauli whilst the Kalinga-Utkal Express was travelling from the eastern city of Puri to Haridwar city in the north of the country.

The local administration is carrying out rescue operations and a team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been at the scene.

Railways spokesman Anil Saxena said he could not confirm the number of casualties but said at least five carriages derailed.

Television footage showed several mangled carriages piled up on each other while people looked for wounded in a crowd of people as night fell.

"We have mobilized all our resources to provide the best relief and rescue operations at this time،" Saxena told TV channels.

A police official earlier said 20 people had been injured but did not mention any people killed.

"There are certainly casualties but right now the focus is on evacuation،" senior police officer Jitender Kumar told AFP by phone from the accident site.

"We are shifting everyone to the hospital. We are trying to take out those trapped inside the coaches."

Photographs from the scene showed people climbing onto upended carriages to try to pull passengers out.

The accident is the latest disaster to hit India's most populous state and comes just a week after dozens of children died at a hospital that had run out of oxygen. - PressTV


Edited by Ahmed Mohsen

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