VELIGONDA, India, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Rescue workers called off the search for survivors Sunday of a train derailment that killed scores of people in southern India.
NewKerala.com said local officials put the death toll at 123, while the railroad gave a figure of 112. Divers found eight bodies Sunday downstream from the train, and officials say a few more might turn up at greater distances.
"There are no more bodies in the derailed compartments and we are now focusing on removing the wreckage and restoring the railway line," Thomas Verghese, general manager of the South Central Railroad, said in a news conference at the accident site.
Seven rail cars left the tracks early Saturday morning as the express attempted to cross a bridge that had been partly washed away. The bridge was near the town of Veligonda in Andhra Pradesh Province.
Many survivors spent hours struggling to stay above water by grabbing luggage racks.
Heavy rains in the area have taken a heavy toll in recent days in addition to those killed in the rail crash.