24 killed in twin train derailments in MP, rescue operations on

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Bhopal, August 5: Nearly 25 passengers were so far reported injured and 24 died after two trains derailed while crossing a swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh even as rescue operations continued through the night, officials said today.

According to West Central Railway PRO Piyush Mathur seven coaches of Kamayani Express and three coaches plus the engine of Janata Express were derailed late last night as the base material on the tracks got washed away.

Seven bogies of Kamayani Express and engine plus three coaches of Janata Express were derailed between Khirkiya and Bhirangi stations near Harda, Mathur said.

The mishap took place at around 11.30 PM on Tuesday as base material of the tracks got washed away in heavy rains.

Meanwhile, rescue operations continued even as several passengers were feared trapped in water after coaches of both the train plunged into the river.

Divisional Commercial Railway Manager (DCRM) Brajendra Kumar said that many passengers were rescued from the stranded trains.

A passenger of Kamayni Express, Akhilesh Pratap Singh told that he along with over 150 passengers, travelling in the general class coach, were stranded on a hilltop to save themselves.

The accident relief train has reached the spot and several passengers have been brought to a nearby station.

Kamayani Express enroute to Varanasi from Mumbai derailed near Harda, about 160 kms from Bhopal, and the Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express derailed around 11.30 late last night.

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