NDRF teams rescued more than 50 passengers, including 16 people trapped from the mangled coaches of Patna-Indore Express, which derailed in Kanpur early on Sunday morning.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deployed nearly 200 personnel in Kanpur for search and rescue operations at the site of train accident where at least 100 people died on Sunday. The operation was still in progress after six hours.
The five NDRF teams were deployed after home minister Rajnath Singh instructed NDRF chief RK Pachnanda. Some additional teams are also put on stand by. To supervise the rescue operation, the DG of NDRF rushed to the site early in the morning from Delhi.
Of the five teams, one comprising 35 personnel immediately rushed to the incident site at 5:30am from its Regional Response Centre (RRC) Lucknow and reached there at 8:10am after which it started search and rescue operation.
Two more teams comprising of 79 personnel from Varanasi too reached Kanpur within hours.
To strengthen the rescue operation, additional two teams comprising 75 personnel were airlifted from Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad at 10am and reached at the site around 11am, a home ministry statement said.
NDRF teams comprise of trained responders, equipped with state-of-the-art disaster management gadgets and medical components.
As the victims are trapped inside the coaches, due care and diligence was being taken. NDRF personnel are making all possible efforts to rescue the trapped victims, officials said.
NDRF has rescued 53 passengers, including 16 badly trapped in the coaches, they said.
The NDRF spokesperson Krishna Kumar also told IANS that most of the bodies recovered from the train accident site were crushed and “are beyond recognition”.
An NDRF Control Room is monitoring the situation round the clock and is in touch with railway authorities and local civil administration to render any kind of assistance.
The home minister expressed deep pain over the loss of lives caused by the derailment.
Rajnath Singh said there will be an enquiry into the incident to find out the cause of the accident.
“There will definitely be an enquiry to find out how it happened,” he told reporters at the sidelines of an event in New Delhi.
The incident took place at about 3:10am at Pukhrayan where over 100 people were killed and 200 injured.