The eastern Indian state of Odisha witnessed a major train accident on Friday evening, which has become the worst rail accident in the country this century, killing at least 288 people and injuring hundreds more. The accident involved a collision between three trains, including the Coromandel Express passenger train, which derailed after hitting a stationary goods train.
The cause of the incident is unknown, but it is being investigated by a committed inquiry. India has a history of rail safety problems, and the railway system, which primarily carries passengers, has outdated infrastructure. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the site of the recent train accident in Balasore, Odisha on June 3, 2023.
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PM Modi promised that those responsible for the disaster “will be severely punished” and also visited the injured at Balasore District Hospital to meet the survivors. The Railways Ministry has ordered a high-level probe into how the accident happened, and compensation has been announced for those affected. The rescue operation is now complete, and restoration work has started.
World leaders condolences after deadly train accident in Odisha
Several world leaders from countries like the United Kingdom, France and Russia paid their condolences after deadly train accident in Odisha. “My thoughts and prayers are with prime minister Narendra Modi and with all affected by the tragic events in Odisha. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of those killed, and my heartfelt support and admiration to the survivors and those working tirelessly to respond.” tweeted Rishi Sunak, prime minister of the United Kingdom.
My thoughts and prayers are with @narendramodi and with all affected by the tragic events in Odisha. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of those killed, and my heartfelt support and admiration to the survivors and those working tirelessly to respond.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) June 3, 2023
Soon after, president of France Emmanuel Macron paid condolences by tweeting, “My deepest condolences to President Murmu, Prime Minister Modi and the people of India after the tragic train accident in Odisha. France stands in solidarity with you. My thoughts are with the families of the victims.”
Russia’s foreign ministry paid condolences on behalf of President Vladimir Putin. “President Putin sent his condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the deadly train collision in Odisha. We share the grief of those who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident & wish a speedy recovery for those injured.”