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"Distressed by the train accident in Odisha": PM Modi on Coromandel Express mishap
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took stock of the situation in Odisha's Balasore where a passenger train collided with a goods train leaving several injured. PM Modi said the rescue operations are underway at the site of the accident and all possible assistance is being provided.
After a collision occurred between the passenger train and a goods train in Odisha's Balasore district on Friday, leaving at least 132 people injured, an additional rescue team of Odisha Fire and Emergency Service comprising 26 members with advance rescue equipment of Odisha Fire and Disaster Response Academy Bhubaneswar moved to the train accident site for rescue operations, the Odisha government said.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said, "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 @AshwiniVaishnaw 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."
Meanwhile Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed grief over the accident.
In a tweet, Shah said, "The train accident at Balasore in Odisha is deeply agonizing. The NDRF team has already reached the accident site, and other teams are also rushing to join the rescue operation. My condolences to the bereaved families and praying for the speedy recovery of those injured."
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief MK Stalin expressed anguish over the incident.
In a tweet, CM Stalin said, "Shocked to hear about the accident in Odisha state #CoromandelExpress . I immediately contacted the Hon'ble Odisha Chief Minister @Naveen_Odisha and inquired about the accident. The information he gave is disturbing. My deepest condolences to all those who lost their lives in the accident. I have ordered the Hon'ble Transport Minister @sivasankar1ss and three IAS officers to rush to Odisha to rescue the Tamils involved in the accident. I have also ordered to make #Helpline immediately and help."
Several coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed near Bahanaga station in Odisha's Balasore after hitting a goods train.
"There have been casualties but we haven't yet counted. It was such a tragic train involving three trains - two passenger trains and one goods train," Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena said.
"NDRF and SDRF teams are on the spot. 600-700 rescue force personnel working. Rescue operation to be conducted throughout the night. All hospitals are providing support. Our immediate concern is to rescue victims. Concerned officials rushed to the spot," he added.
The injured have been shifted to Soro CHC, Gopalpur CHC, and Khantapada PHC, said Chief Secretary, Odisha.
According to the Railway Spokesperson Amitabh Sharma, the accident took place at around 7pm on Friday.
"At around 7pm, 10-12 coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed near Baleswar and fell on the opposite track. After some time, another train from Yeswanthpur to Howrah dashed into those derailed coaches resulting in the derailment of its 3-4 coaches," Sharma told ANI.
NDRF's first team of 22 members from Balasore Railway Station (BLS) has already reached the site. Another team from Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) of 32 members started half an hour before, said officials.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the state minister Pramila Mallik and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) to reach the accident site immediately. Minister and SRC are heading towards the incident place.
After the accident, West Bengal CM Mamata shared emergency numbers after the Odisha train accident.
"We are coordinating with the Odisha government and South Eastern Railway for our people's sake."
The CM also shared emergency control room numbers 033-22143526 and 033-22535185.
"I am monitoring the situation continually personally," she added.
She further said the government is trying to coordinate with the Odisha government.
"I am monitoring the situation continually personally with Chief Secretary and other senior officers," she said.
However, Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep said that a large number of buses have been dispatched to the accident site in Balasore.
"Nearly 50 ambulances were sent but the injured appear to be far too many," he said. (ANI)