Ja­pan ready to use force

Teams work to iden­tify In­dia train vic­tims

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The death toll from In­dia’s worst train ac­ci­dent in years rose to 145 yes­ter­day, as res­cuers used cranes to lift the twisted metal wreck­age to check for more bod­ies un­der­neath.

The pas­sen­ger train was about mid­way through a 27-hour jour­ney be­tween the cities of In­dore and Patna when it slid off the tracks at 3.10am on Sun­day. The im­pact was so strong that one of the coaches landed atop an­other, crush­ing the one below. Pas­sen­gers were jolted awake and said they heard the crash as they were flung from their beds.

“There was a loud sound like an earth­quake. I fell from my berth and a lot of lug­gage fell over me,” Ram­chan­dra Te­wari, who suf­fered a head in­jury, said from his hospi­tal bed in the city of Kan­pur. “I thought I was dead, and then I passed out.” Res­cue work­ers, sol­diers and mem­bers of In­dia’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment force worked through the night to pull out peo­ple trapped amid the twisted metal and over­turned coach- es near Pukhrayan, a village out­side Kan­pur about 400km south­east of New Delhi.

By yes­ter­day morn­ing, they had searched the last of the 14 wrecked cars, but had yet to lift the coach from the tracks to see if more bod­ies had been trapped be­neath. “The search op­er­a­tion at the site is al­most over. I’m say­ing ‘al­most,’ be­cause they are try­ing to lift the coach with the help of cranes, and check if there are any bod­ies,” In­dian Rail­ways spokesman Anil Sax­ena said.

“We can be sure only af­ter the coach is lifted up and re­moved from the track.”

The ac­ci­dent killed at least 145, of which 116 had been iden­ti­fied, according to Dr. Aneeta Singh, the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of Kan­pur De­hat district.

Roughly 226 peo­ple were hurt, in­clud­ing 76 with se­ri­ous in­juries, according to lo­cal police In­spec­tor Gen­eral Zaki Ah­mad. Med­i­cal teams pro­vided first aid near the site, while those in more se­ri­ous con­di­tion were moved to hos­pi­tals.

350 Ja­panese peace­keep­ers, with a broader man­date to use force, land in South Su­dan, the first over­seas de­ploy­ment of the coun­try's troops with those ex­panded pow­ers in nearly 70 years.

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