West Bengal train derails death toll touches 9
Published: 10:44 AM, 14 January 2022 Updated: 02:26 PM, 14 January 2022
The Guwahati-Bikaner Express train derailed at Jalpaiguri district in the Indian state of West Bengal; Photo: Collected
The death toll from the Guwahati-Bikaner Express train accident at Maynaguri in Jalpaiguri in West Bengal has risen to 9. Hundreds of passengers were injured in the incident. Among the injured, the condition of 15 is reported to be critical.
According to the Indian Railways, the railways will pay a one-time compensation of Tk 5 lakh to the families of those killed in the accident. Besides, the seriously injured will be compensated at the rate of Tk 1 lakh and the slightly injured at the rate of Tk 25,000.
The Indian Railways informs that the rescue operation is already almost at the end. However, the Railways has not yet been able to compile a list of casualties.
Meanwhile, among the injured, at least 45 people have been taken to Jalpaiguri district hospital. Doctors at Jalpaiguri hospital said 3 more of them died. A total of 6 deaths have been reported so far. Earlier, three bodies were found on the spot. However, the names of the dead have not been identified yet.
12 bogies of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailed between New Domohani and New Maynaguri stations in Jalpaiguri district at around 5 pm on Thursday. 4 of the bogies fell from the railway line in Nayanjuli. One of them climbed on top of another bogie.
After the accident, the first rescue operation was started by the locals. Police and administration and railway forces arrived later.
Source: Hindustan Times