Balasore Train Accident : Death Toll Rises to 280

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A major train accident took place on Friday near Bahanaga railway station in Balasore district of Odisha. Coromandel Express (12841-Up), Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and a goods train collided near the station. After the accident, 18 trains were canceled while many trains were diverted.

As many as 18 long-distance trains were canceled following the horrific triple train accident in Odisha’s Balasore district on Friday evening, an official said. He said that seven trains have been diverted via Tatanagar station.

It is believed that there are a large number of passengers from West Bengal in the accident train. In view of this, the Government of Bengal is in constant touch with the Government of Odisha. After getting information about the accident, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with the Chief Secretary and inquired about the situation.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state administration is in constant touch with the Odisha government. The state team formed after meeting with the Chief Secretary of the state has been sent to the spot for coordination.

NDRF IG NS Bundela told that three teams of the force have been deployed at the spot. Our priority is to save the lives of passengers. Relief and rescue operations have been intensified. By arranging search lights, halogen, gas cutters, the campaign to save the lives of people is being run in collaboration with the SDRF teams.

Relief Accident Relief Trains were dispatched from Kharagpur, Howrah and Santragachi for relief and rescue as soon as information about the accident was received. Relief and rescue work is being carried out on a war footing. NDRF team, medical team, ambulance have reached the accident spot. The minor injured are being shifted to Balasore, Khantapara, Soro and Gopalpur health units. Helpdesks have been opened at Howrah, Santragachi, Shalimar, Kharagpur and Balasore.

It has been informed by the Railway Department that after this accident all the trains going from Bengal to South India have been cancelled. Railway officials are not able to tell anything about when the traffic will be restored on this route.

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