Indian government said at least 27 people have been killed and over 300 others are injured when two express trains derailed into a river after flood waters weakened the tracks in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.
The Railway Ministry of India said six coaches of the Kamayani Express, the first train to crash, fell into the stream while the engine of the Janata Express derailed at the same spot, injuring over 300 people.
The ministry said just two minutes after the first trained derailed as it was crossing the flooded tracks in Madhya Pradesh state, the second train derailed on the adjoining track into the initial accident.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said it took place on a small bridge over a stream that had overflowed, adding an investigation has been started over the incidents.
“Rushing emergency medical & other relief personnel to spot. Darkness, water creating hurdles but ordered all possible help. Trying our best,” the minister tweeted on his social media account.
India, which regularly faces severe flooding during the monsoon rain season, is suffering with the latest wave of flooding which has killed more than 250 people and forced millions of others to flee their homes to find safe shelters.
The train crashes, which took place on Wednesday, are the latest incidents that have caused fatalities in the consequence of the monsoon rains.
A railway spokesman, Anil Saxena, said the government is taking every necessary step to rescue the trapped passengers, 300 of whom have already been pulled out of water.
"We are trying to rescue passengers. Relief work is going on, on a war footing,” said Saxena.
“We are checking all carriages to look for trapped passengers.”
The ministry officials also said an immediate compensation will be paid to the immediate families of the deceased.