Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social networking platform Twitter to offer condolences to the victims and families of the Madhya Pradesh twin train derailments. He said he was "deeply pained" to hear about the casualties and "prayed" for the injured.
The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2015
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted regular updates about government's reaction and rescue operations at the accident site.
We are providing all possible Medical assistance at the site. Medical teams from various cities have been rushed in to assist in R&R ops.— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) August 5, 2015
Enquiry ordered,Ex gratia to be paid immediately.Flooding of tracks due to very heavy downpour.Will make detailed statement to parliament— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 5, 2015
Home minister Rajnath Singh also offered condolences on the micro-blogging website.
Heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in the train accident near Harda in MP. NDRF teams have been rushed to the spot.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) August 5, 2015
Congress vice president and Opposition member Rahul Gandhi also tweeted about the same and added, "I hope the injured are provided adequate medical care and assistance at the earliest."
Very sad to learn of the derailment of 2 trains in Madhya Pradesh. My deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this mishap— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 5, 2015
The reason behind the accident is not known but railway officials suspect heavy rains in the past few days to be the likely cause. TV reports say the bridge was submerged while there was water on the tracks as well.
Teams from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army have been called in to conduct rescue and relief operations.