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UP TO 150 people are feared to have been killed when seven
coaches of a passenger train derailed in southern India today after
a bridge collapsed in heavy rain, a railway official said.
The crash, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, occurred as
a storm lashed the region, causing floods in low-lying areas.
"A railway bridge across a stream collapsed due to heavy rains
leading to the derailment. About 150 people are feared dead. So far
we have recovered 10 bodies," said P. Krishaniah, chief public
relations officer of southcentral railways.
"Four of the seven compartments that derailed have fallen into a
stream. So far we have reports of 10 dead and 35 injured," said
D.N. Mathur, a senior railway official.
Cranes and a rescue train have been rushed to the site, 30
kilometres south of state capital Hyderabad.
Mr Krishnaiah said about up to 200 metres of railway track on
the approach to the bridge had been washed away.
A railway official in New Delhi said about 700 people had been
Elsewhere in the storm-ravaged state, 35 people died in
incidents of house collapses, drowning and electrocutions in
Nellore, Chittoor and Prakasham districts, the state's disaster
management commissioner, D.C. Rosaiah, said.
"Twenty-five of them died in wall collapses and drowning in
Nellore district alone," he said.
The official said almost 150 people, including 55 fishermen,
were missing as swollen streams swept away several cars,
autorickshaws and a bus in the affected districts.
The storm has been triggered by a depression over the Bay of
Bengal, according to weather officials.
Power supply in six Andhra districts including Kadapa was also
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