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Howrah-Kurla express toll rises to 110

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Last Updated: May 29, 2010, 10:43 IST

Howrah-Kurla express toll rises to 110

More bodies are being pulled out from the wreckage of the mangled coaches with rescue operations still continuing.

Jhargram (WB): The toll in the Mumbai-bound express train derailment by Maoists rose to 110 as more bodies are being pulled out from the wreckage of the mangled coaches with rescuers working throughout the night.

South Eastern Railway officials put the number of injured at 250. Five of the seriously injured have been taken to Kolkata for treatment.

"Ninety-eight bodies have so far been taken out from the mangled coaches. 96 bodies have been kept at the Midnapore Hospital and two at the Kharagpur Railway Hospital," SP, West Midnapore, Manoj Kumar Verma said.

Only 25 bodies have been identified so far and postmortem of 60 bodies has been done.

Railway officials said the toll could rise as the worst-affected S-5 and S-6 coaches were yet to be cut open. Bodies could be inside the two mangled coaches as also under the engine of four wagons of the goods train, the officials said.

Maoists derailed the Howrah-Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express on Friday when the train was running between Khemasoli and Sardiya stations.

Verma said the bodies are being preserved in such a manner that a DNA test can be conducted on them in case of need.

"Two temporary camps have been set up at the Midnapore Hospital where relatives of the dead and injured can get information. Besides displaying the photographs of the dead at the hospital, officials have uploaded them on government websites for the convenience of the affected families," Verma said.
first published:May 29, 2010, 10:43 IST
last updated:May 29, 2010, 10:43 IST