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India: Gaisal catastrophe - Rescue operation scaled down

  : Monday, August 02, 1999
PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
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DEATH TOLL IN THE GAISAL ACCIDENT RISES TO 175

RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS IN FULL SWING

PUBLIC ENQUIRY BOOTHS SET UP AT SEVERAL PLACES
 

New Delhi. Sravana 11, 1921

Aug 2.1999
15:30 PM IST
 

Death toll in the Gaisal train accident involving Awadh-Assam Express and Brahmaputra Mail has risen to 175 while 310 persons have been injured so far. As reported earlier 5610 UP Delhi-Guwahati Awadh-Assam Express collided head-on with 4055 Dn Dibrugarh-New Delhi Brahmaputra Mail at Gaisal station in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal on the New JalpaiguriMalda town section of North Frontier Railway, early morning at 1.55 am today. The accident site is 70 Km away from New Jalpaiguri town and 6 Kms from the BSF centre at Panjipara

The affected coaches of Awadh-Assam Express include its engine, one passenger-cum-guard-cum-luggage coach, three sleeper class coaches, one first class coach and one AC three-tier coach, while the affected coaches of the Brahmaputra Mail include its engine, one passenger-cum-guard-cum-luggage coach, three ordinary second class coaches and three sleeper class coaches. The drivers and Assistant Drivers of both the trains are among those killed in the accident. Accident Relief Medical Van and a team of doctors are constantly attending to the victims at the accident site. Senior railway officials are supervising the relief and rescue operations. Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar and Chairman, Railway Board, Shri V.K. Agarwal are on their way to the accident site. The injured have been admitted in the Kishan Ganj Medical Hospital, Kishan Ganj Civil Hospital and BSF Camp, Panjipara and NJP Hospital, New Jalpaiguri. Enquiry booths have been set up at several places to give information to the accident. The telephone numbers of these booths are:
 

Gorakhpur 201135, 203149

Muzzafarpur 266771, 266772

N.Delhi 3340449

Delhi 3767332

Nizammudin - 4619748

Samastipur 22513, 20846

Barauni 32222, 32130

Chhapra 26300, 22594

Patna 234768

Malda 66387

Guwahati 524296, 540390, 524295, 520560, 523683, 527837, 541799

Kishanganj 22644
 

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