Bangladesh train derailment: Five killed, 100 injured

Published On: June 24, 2019 10:50 AM NPT By: Agencies

DHAKA, June 24: The death toll of Sunday's train derailment in northeastern Bangladesh has climbed to five, media reports said quoting the Bangladesh authorities.

The accident took place at 11:50 pm local time in Moulvibazar district, some 203 km away from the capital Dhaka, Xinhua News Agency reported. More than 100 people injured in the incident, according to reports.

The accident occurred when one of the carriages of the train, Upaban Express, heading to Dhaka from northeastern Sylhet city, fell into a canal while two others fell close to the canal's banks, local official Nurun Nabi said.   

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi authorities have formed a committee headed by Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer (east). The committee has been asked to submit its report in the next three working days, Secretary of Railways Ministry Md Mozammel Hossain, according to the Dhaka-based Daily Star. The rail communication of Sylhet with other parts of the country has been suspended following the incident.

Humayun Kabir, computer instructor of Social Welfare Department in Sylhet, told the Daily Star “I was in the last seat of the last compartment of the train. It was overloaded and more than 30 people were standing in my compartment alone.

“The train departed on time at 10:00pm, but halted for an hour at Moglabazar station, just a couple of kilometers from Sylhet station, to cross inbound Kalni Express.” “It started gaining speed after departing from Maijgaon Station in Fenchuganj and derailed while crossing a small bridge at Baramchal,” he said.


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