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Death toll from train derailing in N India rises to 63

2011-07-11 07:46:03 GMT2011-07-11 15:46:03(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo shows the wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train which derailed near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, July 10, 2011. At (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Photo shows the wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train which derailed near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, July 10, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Photo shows the wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train which derailed near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, July 10, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

People look at the wreckage of the Kalka Mail passenger train which derailed near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, July 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Stringer)

Injured persons rest at the site after a passenger train derailed near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, India, July 10, 2011. (Xinhua/Stringer)

NEW DELHI, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in the train derailing in northern India Sunday has risen to 63, reported the Indo-Asian News Service on Monday.

More bodies have been found in the debris of the Kalka Mail express train which derailed at noon Sunday near Fatehpur in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, said the report..

Police were carrying out a final round of search to ensure that there are no more bodies trapped in any of the 14 mangled coaches, according to the report, quoting Col. A.D.S. Dhillon who has been leading the rescue operations since Sunday as saying.

Sniffer dogs have been pressed into service as authorities believe some passengers could still be trapped under the heap of mangled metal.

Fatehpur's Chief Medical Officer Keshav Narain Joshi said about 150 people were hospitalized with injuries ranging from amputations to fractures and multiple wounds.

As many as 240 passengers were injured in the accident when 14 coaches of the Kalka Mail derailed when it was nearing the Malwan railway station in Fatehpur district, about 140 km from the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow.

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