Updated: Jun 3
In a tragic incident near Bahanaga railway station in Odisha's Balasore district, the Coromandel Express collided with a freight train, leading to the loss of 233 lives and leaving more than 900 people injured. The mishap occurred when eight bogies of the 12841 UP Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed following the collision near Bahanaga Station. Rescue and relief operations were swiftly initiated to aid those affected.
As news of the devastating train accident spread, condolences poured in from prominent leaders expressing their grief and concern over the loss of lives and injuries sustained. Union Home Minister Amit Shah was among the first to offer his condolences. He described the incident as deeply agonizing and expressed his sympathies to the bereaved families. Shah also assured the public that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team had already reached the accident site, with additional teams rushing to join the rescue operation. He prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his sorrow over the tragedy and extended his support to the affected families. In a tweet, PM Modi conveyed his distress and stated that his thoughts were with those who lost their lives. He assured the nation that he had spoken to the Railway Minister to understand the situation better and emphasized that rescue operations were underway at the mishap site. PM Modi affirmed that all possible assistance was being provided to those affected, and he hoped for a swift recovery for the injured.
List of helpline numbers
For those seeking assistance or information regarding the derailment of the 12841 Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, the following helpline numbers have been provided:
Howrah Helpline Number: 033-26382217
Kharagpur Helpline Numbers: 8972073925 & 9332392339
Balasore Helpline Numbers: 8249591559 & 7978418322
Shalimar Helpline Number: 9903370746
Disclaimer: This article is based on the available information at the time of writing and is subject to change as the situation develops. Please refer to official sources for the latest updates on the Odisha train accident.