Guwahati: The Indian Railways had confirmed that three people have died and at least 20 injured Guwahati-Bikaner Express derailment in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
About 30 – 35 ambulances reached the spot around 5:30 pm. All the injured passengers have been taken to Jalpaigudi District Hospital and New Moina Gudi district hospital.
DG NDRF Atul Karwal earlier informed that two teams of NDRF have been deployed; will reach shortly to rescue people in the Guwahati-Bikaner Express accident with multiple bogies derailed in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district.
Indian Railways shared more helpline numbers as rescue operations are underway as follows: 03564 255190, 050 34666, 0361-273162, 2731622, 2731623.
PM Modi takes stock of the situation, talks to Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw
Spoke to Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.
PM Modi speaks with West Bengal CM
In the wake of the Bikaner Guwahati Express accident at Domohani in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Relief trains on the way from both sides
The relief trains are also reaching Domohani from both sides as the rescue efforts are also ongoing. At least 100 people have already been rescued as of 6:40 PM after the train derailed at 5 PM.
High-level Commissioner Railway Safety enquiry ordered
A High-level Commissioner Railway Safety enquiry has been ordered in the accident of Bikaner Guwahati express which got derailed near Domohani in West Bengal.
West Bengal CM expresses ‘deep concern’
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed ‘deep concern’ over the train derailment. She also informed that Senior Officers of the State Government, DM/SP/IG North Bengal are supervising rescue and relief operations. The injured will be taken to the nearest hospitals, West Bengal CM said adding that “Situation being closely monitored from the State HQs.”
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Raj CM Ashok Gehlot condole the accident
Taking to Twitter, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Extremely pained by the loss of lives in the horrific train mishap in North Bengal today. Condolences to the bereaved. Praying for the injured. I spoke to Hon’ble Railway Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw Ji. We are monitoring the situation and shall offer all possible assistance.”
Condoling the accident, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot said, “Saddened to know about the loss of lives, when bogies of Bikaner-Guwahati Express got derailed in West Bengal. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. May they remain strong to bear this loss. Prayers for speedy recovery of those injured.”
Personally monitoring the situation for swift rescue operations: Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw
Minister of Railways of India Ashwini Vaishnaw said he is personally monitoring the developments and has also spoken to PM Modi. Vaishnaw said that he apprised the Prime Minister about the rescue operations.
Update: Death toll mounts to 5; at least 45 injured: Indian Railways
The death toll of Bikaner Guwahati Express derailment mounts to five. At least 45 injured, confirmed official.