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Thirty passengers were killed while over 200 critically injured in the train accident involving two express trains

Balasore:2/6/23:  At least 30 passengers were killed while over 200 critically injured in the train accident involving two express trains- Coromandel Express and Howrah-Bengaluru express- at Bahanaga in Balasore district on Friday evening.

First, several bogies of Coromandel express derailed near the station while Howrah-Bengaluru coming from opposite direction hit the derailed coaches.

Many are feared trapped. Massive rescue operations are underway.

Odisha Fire Services chief Sudhanshu Sarangi is supervising rescue operations. Medical colleges and hospitals in and around Balasore have been alerted. The SCB Medical college and Hospital in Cuttack has also been alerted.

Over a hundred personnel of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and its state counterpart are looking for trapped passengers and cutting through the debris to reach them.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the Revenue Minister Pramila Malik to rush to the accident site and oversee the rescue operation.

The railways issued six emergency helplines numbers- Howrah helpline – 033 26382217, Kharagpur helpline – 8972073925, 9332392339, Balasore helpline – 8249591559, 7978418322, Shalimar helpline – 9903370746, MAS helpline – 044 25330952, 044 25330953, 044 25354771.

“Nearly 50 ambulances have reported but the injured appear far too many. Large no of buses being mobilised to shift injured to hospital,” said Odisha Chief Secretary PK Jena.

Meanwhile Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her government was coordinating with Odisha government and South Eastern Railways for our people’s sake and that she is personally monitoring the situation with Chief Secretary and other senior officers.

Similarly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the bereaved families.

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” Modi tweeted.

Ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this unfortunate train accident in Odisha; ₹10 Lakh in case of death, ₹2 Lakh towards grievous and ₹50,000 for minor injuries as twit by  Ashwini Vaishnaw   he also twit that Rushing to the site in Odisha. My prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured and condolences to the bereaved families. Rescue teams mobilised from Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. NDRF, State govt. teams and Airforce also mobilised. Will take all hands required for the rescue ops.



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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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