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Death toll in Indian train mishap touches 233

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 03 Jun 2023, 12:18 am Print

Death toll in Indian train mishap touches 233 Indian Train Tragedy


Balasore: The death toll in the massive railway tragedy, which involved the collision of three trains in east Indian state Odisha's Balasore district, touched 233 on Saturday, officials said.

The mishap left 900 people injured and rescue operations are still going on to search for survivors.

The accident, which occurred on Friday, involved Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train.

The rescue operations are on and all hospitals in the nearby districts have been put on alert. Three NDRF units, 4 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force units, over 15 fire rescue teams, 30 doctors, 200 police personnel and 60 ambulances have been mobilised to the site, Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep told Indian news channel NDTV.

Railway Minister Aswani Vaishnaw on Saturday morning arrived at ground zero at Bahanaga station and reviewed the situation with senior railway officials, NDRF and ODRAF teams.

Railway Board Chairman Anil Kumar Lahoti was also present at the spot.

The Railway Minister has already ordered a high-level inquiry into the accident.

The injured people were admitted to different hospitals for treatment.

Indian Top Leaders Mourn:

India President Droupadi Murmu mourned the deaths in the accident and tweeted: " Deeply anguished to know about the loss of lives in an unfortunate rail accident in Balasore, Odisha. My heart goes out to the bereaved families. I pray for the success of rescue operations and quick recovery of the injured."

Indian PM Narendra Modi said: " Distressed by the train accident in Odisha. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to Railway Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation. Rescue ops are underway at the site of the mishap and all possible assistance is being given to those affected."