Odisha train tragedy: 233 dead, over 900 injured admitted to hospitals

Bhubaneswar, Jun 3 (IANS): As many as 233 people died in the tragic train accident in Odisha's Balasore district in which 17 coaches of two express trains, Coromandel Express and SMVT-Howrah Super Fast Express, derailed.

This was informed by Odisha Fire Service Director General, Sudhanshu Sarangi, who is at the accident spot and monitoring the rescue operation.

Speaking to mediapersons, Sarangi said, "As per our calculation, more than 12 persons have died in the tragic accident. The death toll will go up also."

"The rescue operation is almost completed. Those trapped within the coaches were rescued and admitted to hospitals. We are now trying to remove the coaches to see whether any passenger is trapped under the overturned coaches," he added.

"Cranes have been engaged to pull up the coaches. We have to see any dead body lying under the overturned coaches," Sarangi said.

Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena said more than 900 injured persons have been admitted to different hospitals in nearby areas.

Jena informed that rescue operation is going on in full swing while rescue in some coaches is yet to be started as those are trapped under other coaches.

"We hope that the rescue operation will be complete by Saturday morning," he added.

NDRF, ODRAF, Odisha Fire Service along with several volunteer organisations are conducting the rescue operation. More than 200 ambulances along with 30 buses are engaged in the rescue operation, the Chief Secretary said.

Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj district Superintendents of Police and Collectors along with several senior officers are at the spot to expedite the rescue operation, he added.

"Additional doctors have been mobilised and hospitals in nearby places have been kept on readiness. We are making all our effort to provide best treatment to the injured persons," the Chief Secretary said.

Calling it a severe accident, Jena said a lot of people have been injured in the train mishap.

"We pray before God that the people who are still trapped under the coaches remain alive. We can give them better treatment," he noted.

He said various district collectors have been asked to provide necessary help to the passengers stranded in different stations due to diversion/ cancellation of other trains.






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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    In 1956, then Railways Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned after train accident that killed 150 people.

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  • nevill, mangalore

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    the people responsible for this accident must be hanged to death other wise these accidents will happen again and again.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    Raiway minister should resign.

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  • Sarvanbhavaan, Murukaveri

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    Railway comes under central government , where publics tax paid money goes for BJP Private events?

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    cannot believe even after 75 years of independence, we cannot avoid accidents like this...corruption everywhere..if the tracks, trains and signals are properly maintained,,,this shoiuld not happen

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    "In a significant development for the rail infrastructure of Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to lay the foundation stone and dedicate several railway projects worth over Rs. 8,000 crores in the state. The inauguration ceremony will take place on May 18th at approximately 12:30 PM through a video conference". Now this disaster. I don't know who should resign owning moral responsibility. Railway ministee or prime minister.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    Worst accident since 75 Years ...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    may da departed souls rest in peace. amen.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    "Kavach" the anti collision system was absent on this route. Safety of passengers should have been given priority over renovating stations and introducing faster trains.

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 03 2023

    Our railway minister who puports on 'safety' of railways should resign.

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