The horrific train accident that happened in West Bengal on Thursday has claimed a total of nine lives, according to reports. Rescue operations have concluded as a number of passengers have been critically injured.
Meanwhile, it has been learned that Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Railway Minister said that he would visit the site if the accident on Friday. Union Minister, John Barla also confirmed the death toll in a statement to the media. “Death toll in Bikaner-Guwahati Express mishap has risen to nine. The rescue operation has been completed. 36 injured were admitted to different hospitals. Passengers were sent to Guwahati by special train.”
The Indian Railways has announced an ex gratia amount of Rs. 5,00,000 for the families of the deceased. Prime Minister Narendra Modi assessed the accident and announced extra benefits apart from the ex-gratia for the families of the people who lost their lives in the accident. A team of the police along with locals and the National Disaster Response Force (N.D.R.F.) carried out extensive search and rescue operations after 10 coaches of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express (15633) derailed in Maynaguri.