Indian Train Mishap: Desperate Search For Survivors As Death Toll Hits 120

By Ikenga Chronicles November 20, 2016

Indian Train Mishap: Desperate Search For Survivors As Death Toll Hits 120

At least 120 people are said to have have been killed and at least 200 more injured after a train derailed near the city of Kanpur in northern India.

Hundreds of people were trapped after 14 carriages of the express train, travelling between Patna and Indore, crumpled into one another as they came off the tracks on Sunday.

The train derailed near the village of Purwa, about 40 miles (65km) from Kanpur.The crash occurred at about 3am when the majority of passengers were asleep.

“The death toll has reached 120. At least 200 others are injured,” Zaki Ahmad, the Police Inspector General disclosed.

Ruby Gupta, who was travelling to the city of Azamgarh for her wedding, searched the wreckage for her father.

“I cannot find my father and I have been looking everywhere for him,” she said.

“Some people told me to look in hospitals and in morgues, but I am clueless as to what to do.”

Gupta lost her wedding clothes, jewellery and belongings in the derailment, but her biggest worry was finding her father, who was going to give her away at the wedding in two weeks’ time.

“I do not know if my marriage will go as planned or not,” she said.“

I want to find my father now. I have tried calling everywhere, but I do not know what to do.”

Nearby, a young boy who had also been on the train waited near the scene, hoping his father would be found alive by rescue workers.

“The whole train was shaking,” he said.

“My sisters and brothers were there. I found them all, I just can’t find my father.” one passenger said.

While some looked for missing relatives or luggage, others waited in surrounding fields as rescue workers searched the site for bodies.

A final list of casualties was yet to be released, but police reports suggested the death toll had exceeded 100.

More than 200 injured people had been given emergency medical help.

Emergency services and ambulances took longer than usual to reach the site because the incident took place while the train was passing through a rural region.

Medical trains from the nearby city of Jhansi were dispatched in the relief effort and cranes were deployed to lift the crushed trains apart.

National Disaster Response Force and army units used gas cutters to try to find survivors mid-morning on Sunday, as hopes of finding people alive dwindled.

Pratap Rai, a senior railway official, said: “We are using every tactic to save lives, but it’s very difficult to cut the metal carriages.”

The prime minister, Narendra Modi, said he was “anguished beyond words” for those who died and announced that victims’ families would receive 200,000 rupees (£2,400) as compensation.

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