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Utkal Express train derails in UP’s Muzaffarnagar

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Muzzafarnagar: In a bad news, at least 10 people were killed and number of others others feared dead after six coaches of a Haridwar-bound train derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district around 6 pm today.

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Officials are yet to analyze the extent of casualties in the derailment of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express near Khataulli station.

According to witnesses, at least 20 bodies were taken out after cutting iron rods of the train’s windows.

Rescue work is ongoing, with teams of the National Disaster Response Force also in the fray.

The railways issued helpline numbers for victims and families to seek help.

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To his part, CM Yogi Adityanath directed principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar to get in touch with DM Muzaffarnagar with regard to supervising relief and rescue operations.
Senior administration officials from Meerut and Muzaffarnagar have rushed to the spot.
\Varanasi-based deputy commandant, NDRF, Devendra Kumar said, “A team of 44 NDRF personnel equipped with rescue equipment have been rushed to the site from Ghaziabad.”
On the other hand, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said: “I am personally monitoring the situation.”

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