More than 50 feared dead in West Bengal train derails...

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More than 50 feared dead in West Bengal train derails

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:06 PM, 13 January 2022   Updated: 08:22 PM, 13 January 2022

The Guwahati-Bikaner Express train derailed at Jalpaiguri district  in the Indian state of West Bengal; Photo: Collected

The Guwahati-Bikaner Express train derailed at Jalpaiguri district  in the Indian state of West Bengal; Photo: Collected

More than 50 passengers are feared dead when the Guwahati-Bikaner Express train derailed at Jalpaiguri district in the Indian state of West Bengal, confirmed the country’s media.

The accident took place at Domohani area in ​​Jalpaiguri at around 5 pm local time on Thursday (January 13).

West Bengal’s Bengali daily Anandabazar reports that the Guwahati-bound train from Patna derailed at 5 pm on Thursday. Upon receiving the news, the members of the rescue team from Alipurduar reached the spot and started the rescue operation. The “death toll is expected to rise” as several bogies of the train were twisted.

It was reported that the speed of the train was 40 kmph at the time of the accident. 

Nilanjan Dev, public relations officer for India’s Northeast Frontier Railway zone, said the Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed around 5 pm on Thursday. The accident took place at New Maynaguri and New Domohani sections of the Alipurduar division.

Anandabazar says rescue work has started at the site of the train accident. Many people were “trapped” when several bogies of the train overturned in the accident. Rescue workers, as well as locals, are trying to rescue the passengers trapped under the train. Authorities are already liaising with all the hospitals in the area and other hospitals in the area to ensure the speedy treatment of the injured.

Meanwhile, Jalpaiguri Deputy Commissioner Moumita Godara Basu said “three bodies have been recovered so far”.

“We have found three bodies. Rescue work is underway. The accident took place at the entrance of Maynaguri station. We are carrying out rescue work by providing lighting,” Moumita Godara Basu said. 

She added that 10 to 12 injured people were immediately rescued and sent to Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital. 

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