Fire breaks out on Tamil Nadu Express, 47 Killed


TNI Bureau: A major fire broke out in New Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, leaving over 32 people dead and 25 injured. The BBC claimed the death toll at 47.

The incident occurred at around 4:30 AM when one of the bogies of the Tamil Nadu Express caught fire. The train was immediately stopped and fire brigade was called in.

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Although the fire was doused, it was too late and many people were charred to death. The cause of the fire is not yet known. A short circuit could be behind this.

The bogie, which caught fire, was identified as S-11, which had around 72 passengers. Rescue operation is going on in full swing. A special relief train has been dispatched from Chennai to Nellore.

The Indian Railway has announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia relief to the kins of the dead.

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