Bhubaneswar: Nearly 233 people were killed and 900 above were injured in a three trains collided accident near Balasore station in Odisha on Friday evening. The accident occurred when Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express was derailed at the station, the train Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express rammed into the derailed train and the another goods train collided the two trains.
The Odisha Government deployed the rescue to the accident spot and also announced a mourning day on Saturday. The Odisha Chief Secretary in a tweet said that the death count stands at 233, while around 900 people were injured in the accident that occurred in Balasore district, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed his grief over the accident, and announced a compensation of ₹ 2 lakh for the family of the dead and ₹ 50,000 for the injured from the PM’s National Relief Fund.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamatha Banerjee in a tweet she said that she is monitoring the situation continually personally with the Chief Secretary and other senior officers.
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So far, 18 long-distance trains have been cancelled due to the accident, which happened on the Howrah-Chennai main line in the Kharagpur division of the South Eastern Railway.
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 in a tweet said the death count stands at 233, while around 900 people were injured in the accident that occurred in Balasore district, about 250 km south of Kolkata and 170 km north of Bhubaneswar. 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 mobilized to the site.
The Railway Minister Vaishnaw visited the accident spot on Saturday to take stock of the situation. Restoration work will take place immediately. Staff and equipment is ready for restoration work, but our first priority is rescue and medical aid to those injured. We will know details only after a detailed inquiry. An independent inquiry will be done, he said.
He has also announced compensation of ₹ 10 lakh for those who have died ₹ 2 lakh for those seriously injured and ₹ 50,000 for those who sustained minor injuries in the accident.