Patna-Indore Express disaster: UP CM announces ex-gratia

New Delhi [India], Nov. 20 : In the wake of the Patna-Indore Express derailment, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs.

five lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 50,000 for seriously injury and Rs. 25,000 for those with minor injuries. The announcement came as the death toll climbed to 91 following the untoward incident. Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu earlier today announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 3.5 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 for those critically injured. Prabhu also announced a compensation of Rs. 25,000 for those who sustained minor injuries. "Ordered DG/Rail Health services and DG/RPF to proceed to accident site to help supervise rescue and relief," he tweeted.

The rescue and relief operation is currently underway. One army column, a team of doctors and paramedics have been deployed at the spot to help in the rescue operation.

Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Varanasi and one NDRF team from Lucknow have been sent to the accident spot to assist in the rescue operation.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha has ordered for a high-level probe into the incident. Almost 14 coaches of the train derailed in the wee hours today resulting in severe loss of lives. The Indian Railways has issued helpline numbers for assistance. Kanpur Rural DM helpline no: 05111-271050; police-05111-271577; Magistrate Hospital duty 9454416414..

Source: ANI