Andhra Train Accident: On the Howrah-Chennai line Friday evening, a passenger train missed the signal and collided with another train from behind, resulting in 13 fatalities and 40 injuries. Seven of the deceased have already been recognised, and work is now being done to identify the remaining individuals. 54 persons were hurt in all, 39 of whom were admitted to the Vizianagaram hospital and the remaining patients were sent to other hospitals for further care, according to the Vizianagaram Collector.
Union Minister for Railways Provided Updates
Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister for Railways, also provided updates on the rescue effort on X. He wrote, “11 coaches from front of 08532 Visakhapatnam – Palasa reached next Alamanda station. Train 08504 Visakhapatnam – Rayagada rear 9 coaches pulled back to the previous station, Kantakapalle.” Just a few months have passed since the Coromandel Express collided with a halted goods train at the Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore, Odisha, on June 2. There were almost 1,100 injuries and a startling 288 fatalities in the catastrophe.
Chronology of Andhra Pradesh Train Tragedy
- Based on preliminary evidence, the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada train overshot the signal, which is thought to have been a human error. This is the reason why the incident occurred.
- Following the train disaster, a number of trains in India have been cancelled, rerouted, or short-circuited, the Ministry of Railways announced on X (previously Twitter). Seven bulletins on X have been released by the Railways, providing information on all train services that have been impacted by the accident.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s office took to X to say that he has spoken to Vaishnaw and assessed the situation. “PM @narendramodi spoke to Railway Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the unfortunate train derailment between Alamanda and Kantakapalle section. Authorities are providing all possible assistance to those affected. The Prime Minister extends condolences to the bereaved families and prays that the injured recover soon,” Tweet reads.
- The accident scene should receive as many ambulances as feasible from Visakhapatnam and the closest districts of Vizianagaram, according to directions issued by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Additionally, he made several arrangements at surrounding hospitals to ensure that the injured individuals received quality medical attention. In addition, the Chief Minister directed the railway authorities to work with the health, police, and revenue departments to coordinate the implementation of quick-relief measures so that injured individuals might receive medical attention as soon as possible.
- Reddy has said that the families of the deceased in the train disaster will receive an amount of Rs 10 lakh each. The recipients of this financial aid must be Andhra Pradesh natives. In the meantime, each family of a deceased person who was a resident of another state will receive Rs 2 lakh. Severely injured passengers from Andhra Pradesh will be compensated with Rs 2 lakh apiece, while travellers from other states will receive Rs 50,000 each. The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) of Andhra Pradesh confirmed on Monday that he will also be visiting the accident site today.
- The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) would provide compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each deceased individual, while financial aid of Rs 50,000 will be provided to the injured. This announcement was made by PM Modi.
Rescue Equipment Deployment
Helpline numbers have been made available by the Ministry of Railways, and rescue equipment and accident relief trains have been sent to aid with the rescue efforts.