This evening in Balasore, Odisha, a passenger train collided with the derailed carriages of another railway, resulting in 30 fatalities and 300 injuries. According to authorities, there may be more casualties as many are believed to be stranded. According to Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena, the tragedy also affected a third goods train.
The Coromandel Express had some carriages that had derailed and fallen into the nearby lines as it travelled from Howrah to Chennai. Amitabh Sharma, a spokesman for the Railway Ministry, informed NDTV that the Yashwantpur-Howrah Superfast train slammed the wrecked cars from the opposite direction.
The two trains are designated as 12841 Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express and 12864 Yashwantpur-Howrah Superfast Express, respectively, in their schedules.
In contrast to the other train, which derailed twice, fifteen coaches of the Coromandel Express fell off the rails.
Sudhanshu Sarangi, the director of the Odisha Fire Services, is in charge of managing the rescue efforts. In addition to mobilising 60 ambulances, medical colleges and hospitals in and near Balasore have been notified.
In order to reach stranded passengers, more than 100 members of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and its state counterpart are slicing through the rubble in search of them.
Having spoken with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he had done so.
“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 Ashwini Vaishnaw 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,” PM Modi said
Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, stated that she is personally keeping an eye on the situation together with the chief secretary and other top bureaucrats.
Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha, has instructed Revenue Minister Pramila Malik to visit the accident scene, according to news agency PTI.
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Railway staff and officials are present at the accident site and rescue operations are going on at utmost priority.