Balasore, 3 June, 2023 (GNP): According to the sources, the death toll from the collision of two Indian passenger trains in the state of Odisha has risen to 300, and more than 850 others have been injured, making it the deadliest rail tragedy to hit the nation in more than 20 years.
Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena posted on Twitter that more than 200 ambulances and an extra 100 doctors had been deployed to the scene of the accident that occurred on Friday in the Balasore district of Odisha.
The tragedy occurred on Friday night when the Howrah Superfast Express, traveling from Bangalore to Howrah, West Bengal, collided with the Coromandel Express, which travels from Kolkata to Chennai.
Rescuers could be seen on a video captured by the sources on Friday scrambling up one of the derailed trains to look for survivors as passengers cried and yelled for aid next to the wreckage.
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Hundreds of workers from fire and police departments, as well as sniffing dogs, have been deployed in a massive search and rescue operation. Also, teams from the National Disaster Response Force were present.
A government hospital in Soro, Odisha, had a queue of hundreds of young people waiting to give blood on Friday.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has sent his condolences over the fatal train disaster that occurred in India’s Odisha state on Friday night.
The Pakistani prime minister posted on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of hundreds of lives in an Indian railway tragedy. My sincere condolences go out to the mourning families who lost loved ones in this catastrophe. Prayers for the injured to recover quickly.”
To pay tribute to the victims, the state has proclaimed Saturday a day of national mourning