At least 36 killed as Indian train derails

He added that 10 buses have been arranged for the passengers who escaped injury to travel to Bhubaneswar, capital of neighbouring Odisha state.

The latest deadly incident comes two months after 146 people were killed when a passenger train was derailed near Kanpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, in one of the country's worst rail disasters for decades.

At least 50 have been injured in the accident that took place Saturday night in Vizianagaram district, about 436 kilometers northeast of Amaravati, the main city of Andhra Pradesh.

The country's officials said seven coaches were thrown off the tracks Sunday morning with some landing on another train that was on a parallel track.

In March 2015 another accident in Uttar Pradesh killed 39 people and injured 150.

India recorded 27,581 railway deaths in 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, with most victims falling from, or being struck by, moving trains.

Rail traffic on the coast line has been suspended.

Last month two people were killed and dozens injured after another train derailed also near Kanpur.

Rescue operations were under way and coaches that had not derailed had been towed from the scene.

"We will take strict action against whoever is behind this act", said Suresh Prabhu, Indian railways minister.

The Railway Ministry has announced compensation of 2,937 USA dollars to the kins of each deceased in the accident and 734 dollars to the injured.

Officers fear that the death toll can go up to 100 as several people are still trapped in the derailed coaches. "The tragedy is saddening", Modi said.

Although India has the 3 largest railway in the world, it lacks maintenance and communication systems.

According to a government report in 2012, about 15,000 people are killed every year in train accidents.

Japan has agreed to provide US$12 billion (RM53.36 billion) in soft loans to build India's first bullet train, though plans remain in their infancy.

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