Survivors of train derailment recount horror, pray for those still trapped
Several passengers sat shell-shocked next to the wreckage, some rocking back and forth with tears streaming down their cheeks, praying the next body rescuers pull out from the mangled mess is not of their kin.india Updated: Nov 20, 2016 14:49 IST
Survivors of the tragic derailment of the Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur are struggling to come to terms with the catastrophic accident they were part of on Sunday morning.
Several passengers sat shell-shocked next to the wreckage, some rocking back and forth with tears streaming down their cheeks, praying the next body rescuers pull out from the mangled mess is not of their kin.
“We were travelling to Patna when we felt the train skidding off the track. I am severely injured and still to come to terms with the incident. I am worried as I am still unable to locate my mother. I hope she is alive,” said a passenger.
A passenger from Indore, who was travelling with her two brothers and three sisters, was still looking for her siblings, praying for their well-being.
“The train derailed at 3 am and I was in coach No 5 at the time. Around four to five people who were travelling with me have been missing since. We were petrified when the incident happened but I was saved thanks to the grace of Mahakal,” said another passenger.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for people who suffered minor injuries.
At least 100 people were killed and more than 100 injured as 14 coaches of the train went off the rails at 3:10 am on Sunday. The death toll was expected to rise as bodies were still being pulled out from the wreckage, officials said.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was pressed into service to evacuate the injured and a green corridor was created by the Uttar Pradesh government between Lucknow and Kanpur for ambulances.
“A lot of teams are on the spot along with the NDRF, local police, doctors and Railways authorities. The rescue operation in on and it will be over in another 10-15 minutes,” Daljeet Chaudhary, additional director general (law and order, UP), told ANI here.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that an enquiry has been ordered into the accident and that strict action will be taken against those responsible.