23 January 2017 Current Affairs: Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed on 21 January 2017 at Kuneru Railway Station in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh at Rayagada-Vizianagaram section.
The accident site falls under Waltair Division of East Coast Railways at the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh near Rayagada town in Odisha. The derailed part of this Train No 18448 included the engine and 9 coaches.
At least 36 people died and over 60 were injured. Injured were admitted to hospitals and ambulances were arranged for them.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu announced an enhanced ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakhs for the relative of dead persons, Rs 50000 for grievous injuries and Rs 25000 for simple injuries.
Meanwhile, a statutory inquiry into the incident was undertaken by Ram Kripal, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), South Central Circle under the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Other stranded passengers of the affected trains were later transferred towards their respective destinations through the unaffected portion of the train from Kuneru to Bhubaneswar and through 13 buses for short distance destinations like Brahmapur, Bhawanipatna, etc.
Due to the incident, East Coast Railway cancelled eight trains including Visakhapatnam-Raipur Passenger, Rayagada-Visakhapatnam Passenger, Sambalpur-Nanded Express, Visakhapatnam-Koraput Passenger, Visakhapatnam-Koraput Passenger, Hirakhand Express and Visakhapatnam-Korba Express.