Guwahati, Oct 12: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is closely monitoring the tragic aftermath of the North East Express train derailment in Bihar’s Buxar district. He is in constant contact with district authorities and various agencies involved in the ongoing rescue efforts.
A post on the official handle of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on ‘X’ affirmed their active involvement in overseeing the unfortunate derailment of Train Number 12506 in Raghunathpur. The CMO is in touch with district authorities in Buxar and other relevant agencies.
The Assam CM expressed his concern about the derailment of the North East Express 12506, which was en route from Anand Vihar to Kamakhya. He emphasized that they are meticulously monitoring the situation and are establishing contact with local authorities and other agencies involved in the response efforts.
My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the quick recovery of those injured.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) October 12, 2023
The derailment, which occurred near Raghunathpur station in Buxar district, resulted in the loss of at least four lives, with an additional 50 passengers sustaining injuries. The ill-fated North East Express had departed from the Anand Vihar Terminal in Delhi, heading to Kamakhya in Assam.
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According to officials, 21 coaches derailed at approximately 9:35 pm on Wednesday near Raghunathpur station, which is part of the Danapur division of the East Central Railway.
Birendra Kumar, the chief public relations officer (CPRO) of the East Central Railway Zone, reported that they received information from the district administration indicating that around 50 individuals were injured in the derailment.
Local residents and district authorities joined forces in the rescue operations, working tirelessly to extract passengers trapped under the derailed coaches. Critically injured passengers were referred to AIIMS Patna for medical attention.
Tarun Prakash, the general manager of East Central Railways (ECR), confirmed four fatalities and noted that rescue operations were ongoing. A total of 21 coaches derailed in this devastating incident. Prakash also mentioned that there would be a thorough inquiry to determine the cause of the derailment.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw provided updates on the evacuation and rescue operations. He informed the public that these operations had been successfully completed, with all coaches checked for safety. Passengers were to be transferred to a special train to continue their onward journey.
As the situation unfolds, it is clear that a coordinated response involving various authorities and agencies is essential to ensure the safety and well-being of those affected by this tragic incident.