VISAKHAPATNAM : Train services between Rayagada and Vizianagaram resumed on Monday morning after the railway authorities repaired the tracks which were completely damaged after the derailment of Jagadalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express at Kuneru railway station in Vizanagaram district on Saturday late night.
A spokesperson from Waltair division East Coast Railway Waltair division confirmed Monday morning that the rail tracks were cleared by 4.15 am and the first train ran on the Rayagada- Vizianagaram line at around 6 am.
The authorities roped in the services of additional labours to speed up the restoration works which was completed in less than 17 hours of the accident.
Eight among deceased from Andhra Pradesh
On the day of incident, the officials were able to identified only 23 bodies since the rescue operations are going on.
However, the identification of all the bodies were completed on Monday.
Among the 39 deceased (26 males and 13 females), eight belonged to Andhra Pradesh, while 31 were form to Rayagada and Ganjam district of Odisha and some of the deceased were from Bihar too.
Among the eight from the state, seven were natives of Pedda Veedhi, Rangalaveedhi and a few other areas of Vizianagaram district, while a 70-year old person, among the deceased was from Gopalpatnam of Visakhapatnam. The deceased also include six children below 16 years of age and among them four are girls. In age between 18 to 30 years, there are 11 persons, including nine males.