Death toll from Indian train crash rises to 288

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The authorities raised the death toll to 288 this Saturday in the rail crash in eastern India, the worst train accident of the 21st century in the Asian giant and in which almost 900 people were also injured, of whom 56 were injured. are in serious condition.

“According to the information received so far, there are 288 deaths. 56 passengers have suffered serious injuries and 747 passengers were slightly injured," said the South-East division of the Indian Railways in its latest casualty balance.

The rescue work ended this afternoon, according to the general director of the Odisha Fire Services, Sudhanshu Sarangi, told EFE, but the Indian authorities have warned that the number of victims could continue to grow due to the serious condition of some of the injured. .

The state railway company "is taking all measures to complete the restoration work" of the tracks and remove the derailed carriages, the southeastern division added.

In addition, the authorities have launched a high-level investigation led by the southeast railway safety commissioner to clarify the reasons for the event, for the moment unknown.

“This is a serious incident, and instructions have been given to investigate it from all angles. Those who are found guilty will be severely punished," said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the scene of the incident today.

With information from EFE

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