Newdelhi:3/6/23:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high level meeting to review the situation in relation to the rail accident in Odisha’s Balasore. The aspects relating to rescue, relief and medical attention to those affected were discussed in the review meeting. It was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister P K Mishra, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, NDRF Chief S.N. Pradhan and other senior officials. Meanwhile, after the meeting, Mr. Modi left for Odisha where he will review the situation in the wake of the train mishap. First, he will inspect the site of the accident in Balasore and then he will visit SCB Hospital in Cuttack. He will also interact with those who were injured in the crash.
About the horrific tragedy
The three-way accident involved Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express and the goods train on three separate tracks at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Balasore district. Seventeen coaches of the passenger trains have been de-railed and severely damaged in the accident that took place on Friday evening.
According to the preliminary report by the State Emergency Operation Center, around 900 people are injured.
NDRF and other rescue teams conduct joint operations
Seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Teams, five Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) Units and 24 Fire Services and Emergency Units engaged in rescue operations.
IAF at the assistance of rescue teams
The Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed Mi-17 helicopters for the evacuation of the deceased and injured. According to the Eastern Command, IAF is coordinating the rescue efforts with the civil administration and Indian Railways.
Odisha CM, Union Railway Minister visit accident site to assess situation
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also visited the accident site to take stock of the situation. Earlier today, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reached the accident spot and ordered a detailed high-level inquiry into the mishap.
“A detailed high-level inquiry will be conducted and the rail safety commissioner will also do an independent inquiry,” Vaishnaw said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan also cut short his visit to Kolkata in West Bengal and left for Balasore in Odisha where several coaches of a passenger train derailed after colliding with a goods carriage.
The Odisha government has declared a day of mourning today.
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