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Flash flood blamed for India rail crash

2:47pm IST - 01:03

Indian Railways says a flash flood was to blame for the derailment of two express trains into a river. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Passengers are led to safety after two Indian express trains partly derailed into a river in Madhya Pradesh state. At least 21 people have been killed. Dozens more have been injured. About 300 hundred people were helped to safety by rescue teams. The head of India's Railway Board says a flash flood was responsible for the accident. (SOUNDBITE)(English) A.K. MITTAL, HEAD OF INDIA'S RAILWAY BOARD, SAYING: "It appears that in this 10 minutes time suddenly the flash floods came which had cut away a portion of earth beneath the tracks which resulted in the disturbance of the track and consequently derailment of the two trains." Divers with cutting gear helped some trapped passengers to safety. India's government has announced compensation payments for the injured and the families of those killed. Heavy monsoon rains and the tail-end of a cyclone have wreaked havoc across much of India in recent days. A former railway minister says the accident could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

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Flash flood blamed for India rail crash

2:47pm IST - 01:03