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Indian Railways announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the family members of people who lost their lives after multiple bogies of Bikaner Express (15633) derailed in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also taken stock of the situation.

The grievously injured will be given Rs 1 lakh while people with simple injuries will be offered Rs 25,000.

In a tweet, PM Modi said: "Spoke to Railways Minister Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation in the wake of the train accident in West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly."

Five people have been confirmed dead in the accident. Sources, however, suggest that at least 12 coaches suffered damage when the derailment took place.
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