Morning briefing: 2 trains derail in Madhya Pradesh due to floods, 27 dead

GN Bureau | August 5, 2015



At least 27 people have died and 40 are injured after two passenger trains derailed within minutes of each other while crossing flooded tracks in Madhya Pradesh at around 11.30 pm on Tuesday night. More than 300 people were rescued overnight.  Six coaches of the Kamayani Express  from Mumbai to Varanasi derailed at around 11:30 pm while crossing a culvert near the Machak river close to Harda, about 160 kilometres from Bhopal. Minutes later, an engine and four coaches of the Janata Express, going to Mumbai from Jabalpur, derailed. Railway Chairman AK Mittal said a flash flood caved the tracks as the soil shifted. The surge of water had weakened the culvert, which collapsed.

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Govt revises porn sites order, ISPs to block only child porn
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Maggi noodles samples found safe by government lab
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Sensex jumps 200 points; Nestle up 10%
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