Shri Rajnath Singh expresses deep pain over the loss of lives caused by derailment of Patna-Indore Express near Kanpur

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has expressed deep pain over the loss of lives caused by derailment of Patna-Indore Express near Kanpur during the wee hours of today morning. The incident took place at about 0310 hrs, approximately 60 km away from Kanpur at a location known as Pukhrayan.

Expressing deep pain, Shri Rajnath Singh said that his thoughts are with the bereaved families. Earlier the day, Shri Rajnath Singh talked to DG, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and instructed him to rush NDRF teams to Pukhrayan.

05 Search and Rescue teams of NDRF have been mobilized to Kanpur. On receipt of information, 01 search and rescue team of NDRF comprising of 35 responders immediately rushed to the incident site at 0530 hrs from its Regional Response Centre (RRC) Lucknow, reached on the spot at 0810 hrs and started search and rescue operation at 0815 hrs. 02 more teams comprising of 79 responders left NDRF Base Vanaras at 0530 hrs. To strengthen the rescue operation, 02 additional teams comprising of 75 responders airlifted from Hindan Airbase Ghaziabad at 1001 hrs and reached at the site at 1105 hrs. NDRF teams are comprising of trained responders, equipped with state-of-the-art Disaster Management gadgets and Medical Components.

As the victims are trapped inside the boggies, due care and diligence is being taken into consideration. NDRF responders are making all possible efforts to rescue the trapped victims with the help of multi-types of latest disaster management gadgets and tools. So far, NDRF has rescued 53 passengers including 16 badly trapped from the boggies. The operation is still in progress. Some additional teams are also put on stand by and shall be mobilized as per demand.

To supervise the rescue operation, DG NDRF, Shri R. K Pachnanda rushed to the site early in the morning from Delhi and reaching shortly.

A 24×7, NDRF Control Room is monitoring the situation round the clock and in touch with Railways Authorities and local civil administration to render any kinds of assistance.