India: Train disaster toll rises to 142, more dead feared

“The actual toll will still be higher and it would be a difficult task to identify all the persons, particularly those whose bodies are very badly damaged.”

The death toll from India’s rail disaster rose to 142 on Monday after workers toiled through the night removing victims from the wreckage, with grim warnings that more bodies were trapped inside.

There was little hope of finding survivors among the mangled remains of 14 carriages, which came off the tracks in northern India on Sunday in a rural district of Uttar Pradesh state.

“The actual toll will still be higher and it would be a difficult task to identify all the persons, particularly those whose bodies are very badly damaged,” a senior local government official told AFP.

“We do not have an exact figure for the injured as of now. Rescue work is still going on,” district police chief Zaki Ahmad told AFP as workers cleared the most severely damaged carriages.

More than 2,000 people are believed to have been on the train, though many were travelling without reserved seats – or without tickets at all – making a precise estimate impossible.

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