China orders train safety review

July 27th, 2011 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 27 (IANS) China has ordered a two-month train safety review in the wake of the recent high-speed train crash that killed 39 people, a media report said Wednesday.

The crash in the eastern Wenzhou city, one of the worst rail accidents since 2008, has left 200 people injured.

Railway Minister Sheng Guangzu said officials will carry out a two-month review of railway safety.

The focus will be on implementing maintenance standards and reinforcing checks on power connections to pre-empt outages.

Special attention will also be paid to prevent accidents caused by flooding and bad weather, the Sanghai Daily reported quoting the minister.

A high-speed train Saturday night rammed into the rear of a stationary train hit by a lightning strike in Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, killing 39 people.

The government has offered compensation of 500,000 yuan ($77,500) to the family of each victim. The dead included two foreigners - an Italian and a US citizen.

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