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Vasco Da Gama Express derailed, three killed

27 November 2017

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday ordered a probe into the derailment of 13 coaches of the Patna-Vasco Da Gama express and condoled the deaths of three passengers in the tragic accident in Uttar Pradesh's Manikpur.

He said Rs 5 lakh would be given as ex-gratia to the kin of the dead, Rs 1 lakh for those with grievous injuries and Rs 50,000 for those with simple injuries. "Ashwani Lohani, railway board chairman, has been asked to rush to the spot", he said.

Again train derailment continues, 13 coaches of the Vasco Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Uttar Pradesh Banda early on Friday.

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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also conveyed his sympathies to the families of victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured and announced a compensation of Rs2 lakh to the family members of those who died.

The injured have been admitted to the district hospital in Chitrakoot and the condition of two of them is said to be serious.

North Central Railway spokesperson Amit Malviya told IANS that a train with the remaining passengers left for Patna at 7.25 a.m. from Manikpur.

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About two hours after the Vasco Da Gama Express accident, a Paradeep-Cuttack goods train went off rails between Goraknath and Raghunathpur in Odisha at 5.55 am.

A medical train has arrived from Allahabad.

Relief operation immediately started and seven of the injured were taken to the Manikpur Community Health Centre while another two were referred to the district hospital in Chitrakoot.

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The train derailment came less than 12 hours after a passenger train hit a vehicle near Amethi, killing four.

Vasco Da Gama Express derailed, three killed