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Government orders probe, announces compensation in MP twin train accidents

Government orders probe, announces compensation in MP twin train accidents

According to Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, the tracks got flooded due to "very heavy downpour", leading to the accident of the trains.

The government on Wednesday morning ordered a probe into Madhya Pradesh twin train accidents involving derailment of Kamayani Express and Janata Express, even as the death toll climbed up to at least 30.

Taking to Twitter, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu also announced that ex-gratia compensation would be paid to the victims of the accidents immediately.

According to the Union Minister, the tracks got flooded due to "very heavy downpour", leading to the accident of the trains.

Prabhu further said that he would make a detailed statement on the tragedy in Parliament later on Wednesday.

The government announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to those who suffered grievous injuries and Rs 25,000 to those with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh were "deeply distressing".

Expressing condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, the Prime Minister said that he was "deeply pained".

He further tweeted, "My prayers with the injured. Authorities are doing everything possible on the ground. The situation is being monitored very closely."

On the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, 11071 LTT-Varanasi Kamayani Express and 13201/Rajendra Nagar Patna-Mumbai LTT Janata Express got derailed while they were crossing a bridge on the Machak river almost simultaneously. The bridge, which is between Khirkiya and Harda station, was apparently damaged following heavy rains leading to the tragedy. Some bogies of both the trains also fell into the Machak river which is about 160 km from Bhopal.