A devastating train collision in India's eastern Odisha state has claimed the lives of at least 50 people, leaving 300 others injured on Friday.
The tragic incident occurred when a passenger train collided with a goods train in the Balasore district of Odisha, as reported by the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.
The top administrator in the Balasore district, Dattatraya Bhausaheb Shinde, confirmed the death toll, stating that at least 50 people lost their lives in the collision.
The gravity of the situation prompted a rapid response, with nearly 500 police officers and rescue workers, along with 75 ambulances and buses, rushing to the accident site.
Pradeep Jena, the top bureaucrat of Odisha state, provided updates on the rescue operation, revealing that over 300 injured individuals had been transported to hospitals.
He emphasized that the rescue efforts would persist throughout the night, as there were concerns about passengers who might still be trapped under the rail cars.
Indian Railway authorities swiftly announced compensation for the victims affected by this tragic incident.
In response to the calamity, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his distress, saying, "Distressed by the train accident in Odisha. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon."
The Prime Minister's words convey his sympathy and solidarity with those affected by the collision, offering a message of hope for the recovery of the injured.
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