Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh

Updated: August 05, 2015 03:36 IST

24 people have died after ten bogies of two packed trains derailed near Harda in Madhya Pradesh within minutes of each other late on Tuesday night. Over 300 people have been rescued so far; nearly 40 are injured.

Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
Over 20 people have been killed after ten bogies of two packed trains derailed near Harda in Madhya Pradesh.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express derailed around 11:30 pm while crossing a culvert near the Kudawa railway station, around 25 kilometres from Harda.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
Minutes later, four coaches and the engine of the Jabalpur-Mumbai Janata Express, which was travelling in the opposite direction, derailed.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
The track caved in due to heavy rain and waterlogging in the area, leading to the derailment, said Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
"The entire area has been reeling under heavy rainfall for the last few days. The roads are badly damaged, even the access road," Mr Saxena said.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
A team of rescue workers and the locals have rushed to the spot and over 300 have already been rescued.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
All private and government hospitals in Harda have been alerted and made ready to accommodate the victims.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
Three special trains carrying doctors and rescue personnel were dispatched to the spot, medical supplies being piled on a nearby station platform.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
Rail traffic in the area has been hit, with at least 25 trains from Mumbai being diverted.
Kamayani Express, Janata Express Derail in Madhya Pradesh
Sources said some of the trains may be diverted via Rajasthan-Kota route.

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