238 people killed, 250 passengers rescued in Odisha train accident, PM Modi to visit Balasore

Odisha train accident near Balasore, 238 people died. Photo Credit: Twitter

Odisha: At least 900 people got injured and 238 people got killed in a terrifying train accident that took place in Odisha on 2nd June. A passenger train collided with the derailed coaches of another train on friday evening. This incident is being counted as one of the deadliest train accidents that has happened in the last two decades. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has set up a high level committee to investigate into the accident that happened near Bahanaga station in Odisha’s Balasore. On the other hand Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has declared one day state mourning after the accident.

The two trains that collided were Coromandel Express and the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express. As per Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena, a goods train was also involved in the massive accident. The rescue operation is still underway as nine NDRF, five ODRAF and 24 fire service units, local police, as well as volunteers have been deployed to the site. In a video from the scene, it can be seen that Police dogs have been involved in the search for victims. After the accident was reported, several trains have been cancelled or diverted.

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Rescue operation underway at Balasore

The 250 passengers who have been rescued are being brought by a special rescue train that left Bhadrak to go to Chennai. The train will reach Dr. MGR Chennai central at around 9 am tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force IAF has deployed MI 17 helicopters for evacuation of casualties. Tamilnadu chief minister has stated that the state will provide all possible help and called it a very unfortunate incident.

Compensation to those died, injured in the train accident

Mr Vaishnaw has announced a compensation of rupees 10 lakh for the families of those who have died. And Rs 2 lakh for those who have been seriously injured. A compensation of rupees 50,000 will be made for those who sustained minor injuries due to the accident. Similarly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced rupees 2 lakh compensation for the family of the dead. And rupees 50,000 will be given for those who have got injured due to the accident. This will be given out from the PM National Relief Fund PMNRF. PM Modi will go to Odisha today and visit the hospital where injured have been admitted. Then he will visit the train accident site.

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