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Maharashtra train derailment toll climbs to 21, traffic resumes

Raigad (Maharashtra): The death toll in the train derailment in Maharashtra's Raigad district has gone up to 21 even as the traffic on the affected stretch was restored this morning.

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Train from Diva- Sawantwadi derailed between Nagothane and Roha Railway station. File pic

A Central Railway official put the number of those injured in the mishap to 123.

Nineteen people were killed yesterday when the engine and four bogies of the Diwa-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed between Nagothane and Roha stations of Raigad.

The official said the death toll has gone up to 21, but did not give details of whether more bodies were recovered or those killed were from the injured who succumbed.

The traffic was restored completely at 4.30 AM on the Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) route. "The traffic has resumed and all the trains are running on time except for those which were diverted after the accident," KRCL's Public Relation Manager Baban Ghatge told PTI.

Five trains had to be cancelled after the accident yesterday, he said. "The traffic is normal now. The trains will be on time," he added.

The KRCL route terminates at Roha. Following the mishap, services on Konkan Railway route were suspended. Some trains were diverted via Panvel-Lonavala-Pune-Miraj-Londa-Madgaon and a few cancelled.

A goods train had derailed last month on the route, affecting services. The Railways ordered an inquiry and Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge had announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh for the next of the kin those killed in the accident, Rs 50,000 for the grievously hurt and Rs 10,000 for passengers who suffered minor injuries.

Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar had said that Commissioner (Safety) Chetan Bakshi was conducting an inquiry into one of the worst train mishaps in the state in recent times.

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