In the Andhra Pradesh train Accident, the death toll has now reached nine as rescue operations continue in Vizianagaram district, according to an East Coast Railway official.
Why Happen Andhra Pradesh Train Accident ?
In the Andhra Pradesh train accident, a few coaches derailed when the Visakhapatnam-Ragada passenger train collided with a Visakhapatnam-Ragada train traveling on the same route in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district on October 29. The Divisional Railway Manager reported that three coaches were part of the accident.
According to the DRM, “There was a rear-end collision between the Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train and the Visakhapatnam-Ragada passenger train. Three coaches were involved in the accident. Rescue operations are currently underway, and local authorities and the NDRF have been informed for assistance and ambulances. Accident relief trains have arrived at the scene.
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- Biswajit Sahu, the Chief Public Relations Officer of the East Coast Railway, provided an update, saying, “We have unfortunately lost 11 lives, and 50 people are injured. Right now, our main focus is fixing the train tracks. The rescue work is finished, and we’ve arranged buses and trains for the passengers who were stuck. We’ve had to cancel 18 trains and change the routes of 22 others. We’re working hard to get the tracks back in order by 4 pm today.
- The East Coast Railway (ECoR) suggests that the collision of two trains in Vizianagaram district may have been due to human error. ECoR CPRO Biswajit Sahoo explained, “The likely reason is human error, with the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train overshooting the signal.”
- Saurabh Prasad, the Waltair Division Railway manager, provided an update on the train accident, saying, “Two passenger trains were running on the same track. The rear train overshot the signal, causing five coaches to derail. Our top priority is to rescue passengers trapped inside. The SDRF, NDRF, and our teams are all working on this. Over 30 people are injured, and rescue efforts are ongoing.”
- The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s office has announced compensation of ₹10 lakh for the families of the deceased and ₹2 lakh for those seriously injured in the accident. In the case of non-residents who lost their lives, ₹2 lakh each will be provided to their families, and ₹50,000 for those seriously injured.
- Vizianagaram District administration reported that around 40 people have been injured, with four in critical condition. They stated, “So far, 40 individuals are injured. 32 have been taken to Vizianagaram Government Hospital, one to Vishaka NRI Hospital, and two to Medicover Hospital. Four are in critical condition, and all the injured are from Andhra Pradesh.”
- CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered immediate relief measures and the dispatch of ambulances from nearby districts to provide medical care in local hospitals.
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw following the Andhra train accident, asking when the railways would improve safety. She expressed concern over another train collision in Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh.
- The Railways has issued a list of trains that have been diverted, canceled, or short-terminated due to the train accident near Kantakapalle.
- The Prime Minister has declared that an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh from the PMNRF will be provided to the families of those who lost their lives in the train derailment between the Alamanda and Kantakapalle section. Additionally, Rs. 50,000 will be given to the injured.
- The Railway has also released various helpline numbers for assistance.