Guwahati: At least 9 passengers were killed in the Bikaner-Guwahati Express accident in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, said official on Friday.
According to sources, up to 36 more people are undergoing treatment, with a few of them are in critical condition.
The injured are being treated at the North Bengal Medical College, Maynaguri Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital.
A total of 250 people have been rescued from the wreckage. Due to Covid-induced restrictions, the Railways reported there were fewer passengers onboard than usual, sources added.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Railways Minister stated he is personally watching the situation and has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the rescue efforts.
An ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh has been announced for the kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for those who receive grievous injuries and Rs 25,000 for those who suffer minor injuries.
On Thursday, 12 coaches of the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailed and capsized near Domohani in Jalpaiguri district.
An inquiry headed by Commissioner, Railway Safety has been ordered into the cause of the accident.