Seven people have died and more than 25 are injured in Bihar after Eleven coaches of the Seemanchal Express derailed on Sunday morning.
The accident on the Delhi-bound train occurred in Vaishali district of Bihar. The train was running between Jogbani and Anand Vihar Terminal. Railway officials said it was at its full speed when the accident occurred around 3:50 am.
The Railway Minister’s office has said that rescue and relief operations were underway. The ministry has issued helpline numbers – Sonpur 06158221645 Hajipur 06224272230 Barauni 06279232222 to answer the queries of kin of the passengers.
Railways has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of every deceased. Rs 1 lakh would be given to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered simple injuries, a post on social media by Ministry of Railways said. All medical expenses will also be born by Railways, it said. Additionally, Bihar government has announced to give Rs 4 lakhs each to the kin of every deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.