At least 20 people have died and over 50 injured after 12 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh this evening.
Accident that took place around 5.46 p.m in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar, barely 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed concern at the loss of life in derailment of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga-Utkal Express and announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the keen of any Odia passenger found dead in the mishap.
The CM also announced Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to the injured persons. Patnaik also directed the Commerce and Transport Department to work in coordination with Railway Ministry and Uttar Pradesh Government to provide help to injured and kind of victims.
The injured persons have been rushed to a local hospital while the rescue operations are under way by the locals. The local district administration and railway officials have rushed to the derailment site to supervise the rescue operation.