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    At least 20 people were killed and 150 were injured as six coaches of a passenger train derailed near the northern Indian city of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh state, local media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Utkal Express running between the Indian cities of Haridwar and Puri derailed at 05:50 p.m. local time (12:20 GMT), The Economic Times newspaper reported, citing spokesperson for Indian Railways Anil Saxena.

    ​The reasons behind the accident are unclear yet.

    Moreover, Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday announced compensation for the victims of the deadly train derailment in the north of the country which claimed lives of between 10 and 20 people, according to various reports.

    "Ex gratia of Rs.3.5 Lakh [$5,460] for those who lost their lives,Rs.50 thousand [$780] for those seriously injured. And Rs.25 thousand [$390] for people with minor injuries in the unfortunate accident has being announced," Prabhu said on Twitter.

    ​According to the statement issued by the Northern Railway, Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation. Special buses have been arranged to carry away stranded passengers from the incident site.

    ​The rescue operation is underway.

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