Tragedy has struck the Indian nation. At least 142 people were killed and about 200 injured when an express train derailed on Saturday in northern Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur), India.
CNN reports that the train, which connects the central Indian city of Indore to the city of Patna in its north east, was mid-journey when it derailed off the track near Kanpur, around 480 KMs southeast of New Delhi.
Javeed Ahmed, director general of police for Uttar Pradesh, told News 18 that it was not immediately clear what the cause of the crash was or how many people were traveling on the train at the time.
Russia’s Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief has come out in support saying they the country is prepared to step in and offer assistance to India in relief efforts.
A statement was released by the ministry on Monday:
“Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov sent a telegram to the Indian minister of home affairs with words of sympathy and support. He noted that Russian rescuers are ready to render any assistance if needed.”
-CNN; Sputnik News