President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to Indian prime Minister, Narendra Modi over the Sunday train disaster that killed more than 100 passengers near Pukhrayan, in Utta Pradesh.
The President, who received the news of the train derailment and heavy loss of lives, expressed great sorrow and profound shock.
He commiserated with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi and the families of the victims.
According to President Buhari, “the loss of human life on whatever scale, and anywhere, is bad enough,” adding that “the world becomes united in sorrow during such moments because our common humanity makes us a family.”
Buhari said that the government and the people of Nigeria felt and shared the pains and the anguish of the families of the victims and all Indians.
Nigerian leader’s condolence message came as India reported more deaths in the disaster.
According to Times of India, the death toll has now increased to 121. The newspaper published the list of the dead passengers and reported that most of the over 200 injured passengers were grievously wounded.
The Times of India also reported that the train was overloaded before the crash.
It reported: While the railways claimed that around 1,200 people were on board, railway sources claimed that the number of passengers were much more that. Sources claimed that hundreds of passengers on the train were travelling either without ticket or with general ticket which the railways figures do not show.
“The number of such people could have been even around 500 which is almost half the capacity of the train,” a railway official said on the condition of anonymity.