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Toll in train derailment rises to 98

Jhargram: The toll in the Mumbai-bound express train derailment by Maoists rose to 98 this morning as more bodies were pulled out from the wreckage of the mangled coaches with rescuers working throughout the night.

South East Railway officials put the number of injured at 250. Five of the seriously injured have been taken to Kolkata for treatment.

“Ninety-eight bodies have so far been taken out from the mangled coaches. 96 bodies have been kept at the Midnapore Hospital and two at the Kharagpur Railway Hospital,” SP, West Midnapore, Manoj Kumar Verma said.

Only 25 bodies have been identified so far and postmortem of 60 bodies has been done.

Railway officials said the toll could rise as the worst-affected S-5 and S-6 coaches were yet to be cut open.

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