UP train derailment: Yogi announces Rs 2 lakh compensation

13 coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails near UP's Banda, 3 dead, seven injured

The Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near the Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district on Friday morning, leaving three persons dead and nine injured. Rail Minister Piyush Goyal has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of the deceased.

He also announced ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the kin of the deceased, Rs one lakh for the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who have sustained minor injuries.

At about approximately 4:18 AM, nine coaches of the Vasco da Gama-Patna Express derailed due to what is being considered fractured railway track, according to officials.

The deceased have been identified as Deepak Patel (30) and his six-year-old son Golu from Betiah in Bihar's West Champaran district, and Manoj Singh (23) of Chhapra district, also in Bihar.

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the death of passengers in the train derailment. The injured in the train were rushed to the hospital, and relief operations came underway; a special train has been organised to take the passengers to their final destination, Patna.

Four train accidents in less than 12 hours killed seven people and injured at least 11, officials said yesterday.

"We have set up helpline numbers, rescue and relief operations are underway", Indian Railways PRO Anil Saxena said.

# In the aftermath of the derailment, movement of trains has been disrupted on the Patna-Allahabad route. A crash near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh last November had killed 150 people.

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