21 November 2016 Current Affairs: Indore-Patna Express derailed on 20 November 2016 at Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.
Over 120 people were killed and more than 200 injured when the 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed. The incident took place at early morning 3:00 AM when most of the passengers were sleeping. The train was travelling with more than 500 passengers.
Four sleeper coaches of the train S1, S2, S3, S4 were badly damaged in the accident. The tragedy could have been caused due to a rail fracture.
The Commissioner of Railway Safety, Eastern, P K Acharya was given the responsibility to probe the accident and to look into the possibility of a fracture in the tracks as a possible cause of the accident.Helpline Numbers
- Indore: 07411072
- Ujjain: 07342560906
- Ratlam: 074121072
- Orai: 051621072
- Jhansi: 05101072
- Pokhraya: 05113270239
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced 3.5 lakh rupees compensation to each of the families of the dead.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar announced ex gratia of 2 lakh rupees to the family of the deceased from Bihar and 50000 rupees to seriously injured.
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced 2 lakh rupees compensation for the families of deceased and 50000 rupees for critically injured.
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav announced ex-gratia of 5 lakh rupees to families of the deceased and 50000 rupees for those with serious injuries and 25000 rupees to survivors with minor injuries.
This is the worst accident since 28 May 2010, when the Gyaneshwari Express derailed in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, killing at least 148 people.
Derailment is the major reason of 50 percent of all accidents in the Indian Railways. This accident occured at a time when Indian Railways was in the middle of achieving zero accident mission, a yearlong drive.