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Death Toll in India Train Wreck Rises to 77


The death toll from a passenger train derailment in southern India has risen to at least 77 people, after rescue workers retrieved more bodies from the mangled wreckage.

Authorities say the accident occurred Saturday, near the town of Veligonda in southern Andhra Pradesh state. They say heavy rains washed away a portion of the tracks and that the train derailed and fell into a swollen river.

Officials say at least 100 injured passengers were rescued from the seven cars that plunged into the flood waters, but that many more remain trapped inside.

Indian television images showed corpses lying on the soft marshy ground, many clad in brightly colored, but sodden clothes. Rescuers used ropes to help them wade through the water to reach the train carriages and then drag bodies onto higher land.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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