Live update on the Odisha train accident: PM Modi calls a meeting to assess the situation
LIVE updates on the Balasore railway accident: At around 7 o'clock on Friday, a devastating railway catastrophe in Balasore, Odisha, left more than 200 people dead and over 900 injured. The Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express' 10 to 12 derailed carriages fell into the opposing track due to the derailment. The Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express then struck the derailed cars, causing three to four of its own coaches to derrail as a result. A cargo train was also involved in the collision, heightening the tragedy.
Following the Coromandel Express accident in Odisha, a list of trains has been cancelled or diverted.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of railways, declared on Saturday that he has mandated a high-level investigation into the incident. The minister was quoted by ANI as saying, "The tragedy was sad, and the rescue operation started quickly after the incident was notified to his ministry." The ex-gratia amounts issued by the railway ministry are Rs. 10 lakh for the surviving family members of the deceased, Rs. 2 lakh for those who were seriously hurt, and Rs. 50,000 for those who had suffered minor wounds.
Cricket legend Virat Kohli expresses sorrow over the train accident in Odisha
"Disappointed to learn about the tragic train crash in Odisha. In a tweet, Virat Kohli expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and his wishes for a quick recovery for the injured.
Russian ambassador gives victims' families condolences
Our sincere condolences go out to the families of the sad railway derailment victims in Odisha. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery, the Russian envoy to India
Sending their condolences for the unfortunate disaster are Australia and Sri Lanka
On Saturday, the foreign ministers of Australia and Sri Lanka expressed their condolences for the deaths and injuries caused by the Balasore quadruple railway accident in Odisha, which lost 238 lives.
Penny Wong, Australia's minister for foreign affairs, expressed her sympathy for the injured as well as the first responders who are attempting to help them.
Tweeted Penny Wong, "As a result of the tragic train accident in the eastern state of Odisha in India, we are sending our sincere condolences. Our prayers are also with the numerous injured people as well as the first responders who are attempting to help them."
Ali Sabry, the foreign minister of Sri Lanka, expressed his "deep sadness" over the railway catastrophe in Odisha. He wished everyone who was harmed by the disaster a quick recovery.
PM Modi calls a conference to evaluate the situation surrounding the Odisha railway tragedy
Narendra Modi, the prime minister, has called a conference to assess the situation regarding the rail tragedy.
CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will visit the scene of the accident
The scene of the nearby train tragedy in Balasore, Odisha, will be visited by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, a senior official announced.
The person claimed that Banerjee spoke with her counterpart from Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, over the phone about the disaster on Friday night.
The Bengal CM expressed her shock over the tragic incident where three trains derailed one on top of the other in a horrific sequence, killing at least 233 people and injuring more than 900 in Odisha's Balasore district. The Bengal CM kept an eye on the situation from her Kalighat residence for nearly the entire night.
To identify victims, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister is in contact with railway officials.
Unfortunately, a train catastrophe occurred in Odisha. We are speaking with train employees and gathering information on the victims from Andhra Pradesh. I send the families of the deceased my sincere sympathies. I ask God to grant them serenity. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, CM.