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Train tragedy: PM Modi, ministers offer condolences to victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the twin derailments, offering condolences to the victims and their families, followed by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who also provided regular updates about government reaction and rescue operations.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2015 18:40 IST
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Hindustan Times
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NDRF officials and rescue workers inside a train compartment that derailed near Harda town in Madhya Pradesh. (ANI Photo)

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.

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.

Home minister Rajnath Singh also offered condolences on the micro-blogging website.

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."

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.


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