More than 200 dead in train collision in Odisha, India | News

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India's Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena confirmed on Friday that 233 people have so far been killed due to a collision between a passenger train and a freight train near the city of Balasore.


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According to sources, the accident occurred around 7:20 p.m. (local time) and at least 900 people have been injured.

"Death toll rises to 233 in Balasore train crash." The head of the Odisha government narrowed down on his Twitter social network account.

According to local media, a Coromandel Express train derailed, then collided with a freight train near Bahanaga station.

In this regard, the railway authorities detailed that between 10 and 12 carriages of the train that covered the route from Calcutta to Chennai fell onto the opposite track after the crash, which was later collided by another passenger train, and as a result between three and four derailed. wagons more.

For its part, the emergency service mobilized more than a hundred members, at least 115 ambulances and several fire brigade units to carry out the rescue operations, which continue due to the possibility of people remaining under the overturned wagons, due to which could increase the death toll.

Likewise, the Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, ordered the initiation of an investigation to determine the causes of the accident, as well as financial compensation for the families of the dead and injured.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated a few words on Twitter to the victims of the collision. "In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured get well soon. I spoke to the Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, and took stock of the situation."

The Chief Minister, Sri Naveen Patnaik, has ordered a state mourning for one day on Saturday, so no state celebration will take place due to the tragic rail accident.

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