This article discusses the three-train collision that took place in Balasore, Odisha, on the 2nd of June and the discussions that followed
The Train Collision in Odisha
At least 288 people were killed and around 900 people were left injured in a three-train collision that took place in Odisha’s Balasore on 2nd June, involving the Bangalore-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train. Experts have called this accident the deadliest rail accident the country has seen in more than 20 years. Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, declared a state mourning for a day following the fatal accident that took place along with Tamil Nadu CM, MK Stalin, who also declared a one-day state mourning.
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PM Modi Tweets
“Distressed by the train accident in Odisha,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted, expressing his sorrow for the accidents’ injuries and fatalities, “my thoughts are with the grieving families during this difficult time. May those who were hurt quickly heal. I discussed the subject with Railway Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw over the phone. All available help is being provided to those affected, and rescue operations are currently taking place at the scene of the accident”. He also expressed his concerns and stated that the ones answerable for this accident will face the consequences.
The state government directed the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) to assist in the rescue operations and huge cranes and bulldozers were brought in to raise the coaches that the rescuers had been unable to reach amidst pulling out survivors and the passengers no longer alive, from the accident scene. Medical help was called from medical colleges to provide aid and shelter to the injured survivors and helplines were issued by the Odisha government for Howrah, Kharagpur, Balasore, and Chennai.
Sources at investigations being made revealed that the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express train had entered the loop line and crashed into a goods train that had been parked there instead of entering the main line ahead of Bahanagar Bazar station. The Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express then overturned after it crashed into the coaches of the Coromandel Express. Both trains were carrying at least 2,000 passengers.
PM Modi arrived at the derailment site on the 3rd of June and interacted with the local authorities as well as the Cabinet Secretary and Health Minister from the site. He told the government authorities to ensure that special care is given to the mourning families so that they do not face any worries in this time of grieving. He asked them to guarantee that all help possible is offered to families in getting the assistance that they require.
The Railway minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, announced that payments of ₹10 lakhs will be given to the deceased, ₹2 lakhs to those heavily injured, and ₹50,000 to those suffering from minor injuries. The West Bengal government declared that the children of those state residents who perished in the disaster will receive reimbursements of 5 lakhs each. The West Bengal government declared that the children of those state residents who perished in the disaster will receive reimbursements of 5 lakhs each.
Multiple political figures from around the world expressed their grief for the lives lost in this deadly crash, including figures from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Canada, Japan, Italy, Russia, Taiwan, Australia, Sri Lanka, and more.