In yet another case of train disaster, around 36 people have been killed and 54 injured after derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express. The disaster occurred in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, when the train was going towards Odisha capital Bhubaneswar from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh). 9 coaches of the train were derailed whereas the remaining 13 were not affected.
Due to the derailment, train services have been affected on the Rayagada and Vizianagaram route. Some trains have been cancelled whereas others have been diverted. The 13 coaches that survived the accident were linked to a new train engine and they are now on their way to Bhubaneswar via Sambhalpur-Angul route.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be visiting the accident site and has announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each for the kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for injured. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minsiter N Chandrababu Naidu has also announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation for Andhra Pradesh families who lost their loved ones in the train accident.
A train inquiry will be conducted soon to ascertain the cause of the derailment. Officials are not ruling out the sabotage theory, and a clear picture will emerge only after railway officials submit their report. PM Modi expressed his grief over the incident and assured that rescue and relief operations are being conducted 24/7.