At least 20 dead after Indian train derails in Uttar Pradesh

Kalinga Utkal Express derails: 12 dead, 60 injured; compensation announced

At least 12 passengers have been killed and several injured Uttakal Express train derailed at Khatauli railway station in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh.

"Twenty-three people died and 64 others were injured in the accident".

"We have mobilized all our resources to provide the best relief and rescue operations at this time", Saxena told TV channels.

The express train from Puri to Haridwar derailed near the city of Khatauli, Uttar Pradesh Police said in a statement. In view of any terror module behind the derailment a team of ATS of state police has rushed to the accident spot.

Sanjeev Balyan, a Muzaffarnagar lawmaker, told Reuters at least 14 people had been killed and 58 seriously injured, after a local medical officer had previously put the death toll at 11. The rescuers were seen using gas cutters to cut the steel and help the people trapped inside the coaches.

In November, a crash in Uttar Pradesh killed 150 people.

The accident is the latest disaster to hit India's most populous state. Dozens of children died in a hospital there that had run out of oxygen.

India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, sent a message on Twitter saying he was pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express, offering condolences to families of those killed and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

India's railway network is still the main form of long-distance travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur.

Meanwhile, Saxena said, "Initially, we thought that it was only 4-5 coaches, now we have ascertained that 14 coaches have derailed".

Past year a train accident in Uttar Pradesh killed 145 and injured around 200.

According to a government report of 2012, almost 15,000 people die every year in railway accidents, a heavy balance sheet termed a "massacre" by the authors of the survey.

Numerous train's passengers are still trapped inside carriages.

The Indian government in 2015 announced an investment of over 137 billion dollars over a period of five years to boost railways and modernise it on new lines.

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