New Delhi, Jan 22: Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh on Sunday spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu over derailment of Hirakhand express and assured full assistance from the centre. He said that all possible logistical support would be provided to the state government. At least 36 people have been reported dead and 54 people injured after the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express that occurred around 11 PM yesterday night.

Commenting on the mishap, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolences for bereaved families who lost their relatives in the mishap. He said that he has directed Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Health Secretary to rush to the site and ensure all injured people are provided medical facilities at the earliest.

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The Ministry of Railway in a tweet said that around 500 passengers have been shifted through arranged buses. However, the injured passengers were rushed to nearest hospitals in the district.

In an earlier development, Anil Saxena, an official of the Indian Railways briefed news agency ANI and  said,” Total 54 people have been injured, those with minor injuries have been sent after first aid.  Railway Minister has expressed grief over the unfortunate accident. Efforts on for rescue One unit of National Disaster Response Force has reached the spot, Up and down line between Vizianagaram-Singhpur affected Cause to be investigated from all angles. If there was any unusual activity, or tampering with track, it will be probed Commissioner Railway Safety (Civil Aviation Ministry) to enquire into Hirakhand Express derailment, he’ll inspect site.”

Hirakhand Express bound for Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh derailed in Kuneru district of Andhra Pradesh. At least 36 people have been reported dead and 54 people injured in the mishap. The station is 25 kilometre away from Rayagada station in Odisha.  The Ministry of Railways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. two lakh each for next of kin of those killed in the train accident. It has also announced Rs. 50,000 those seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for minor injuries.

HM Rajnath Singh talked to Andhra Pradesh CM N.Chandrababu Naidu and assured full assistance from the centre on #HirakhandExpress derailment

— ANI (@ANI_news) January 22, 2017