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13 injured as Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh

 
13 injured as Mahakaushal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh
Thirteen passengers suffered injuries when eight coaches of the 12189 Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed near  Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
Of the injured, one person suffered a bone fracture and had been hospitalised, while the others had simple injuries, they said.
 
The mishap occurred at 2.27 am between Mahoba and Kulpahar stations on the Manikpur-Jhansi section of Jhansi Division of North Central Railway.
 
Eight rearmost coaches of the train derailed, including four AC coaches, two  Ordinary Second Class General Coach, one Sleeper Class and one Passenger cum Luggage cum Guard (SLR) coach. 
 
The sources said local ambulances were called immediately and some of the injured were rushed to the District Hospital at Mahoba while others were given first aid at the site.
 
The stranded passengers were taken to Jhansi by buses arranged by the Railways and in the unaffectd coaches of the train, which departed from the site at 6.48 am with ten coaches.
 
An Accident Relief Medical Van (ARMV) reached the site along with doctor, paramedical staff and officers. The General Manager, North Central Railway and Divisional Rail Manager, Jhansi alongwith senior officers also reached the scene to supervise the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Helpline Numbers were set up at 17 stations including Nizamuddin, Agra, Gwalior, Jhansi, Orai and Banda, Jabalpur stations to provide assistance to the public. 
 
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Railway officials said adequate free catering arrangements, including food packets, water, tea, milk, water and so on, were made at the site and at Jhansi station for the passengers.
 
A few trains were cancelled and diverted. Efforts were being made on a war footing to restore traffic on the affected section and traffic was expected to resume by late this evening, the sources said.
 
The Ministry of Railways has announced an enhanced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 50,000 for the grievously injured and Rs. 25,000 for passengers with simple injuries.
 
The Railways have ordered an inquiry by a five-member team of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level officers of North Central Railway to establish the cause of the accident.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for providing information to passengers and their relatives:
Mathura: 0585 2402008, 2402009
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 0532-2408149
Kanpur: 0512-1072, 2323015, 16, 18
Hazrat Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
New Delhi: 011-23542954, 23341074
 
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