Thursday, February 22, 2024

Helpline numbers for train accident in Odisha

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In a tragic accident, over 50 people died and over 350 people have been injured after Coromandel Express derailed and hit another express train in Odisha’s Balasore district on Friday evening.

The accident took place around 7.20 pm near Bahanaga Bazar station when the train was on the way to Chennai Central Station from Shalimar Station near Kolkata.

Many are feared trapped and the casualties may rise, officials said.

Here is a full list of helpline numbers issued:

Bhadrak: 8455889900

Jajpur Keonihar Road: 8455889906

Cuttack: 8455889917

Bhubaneswar: 8455889922

Khurda Road: 6370108046

Brahmapur: 89173887241

Balugaon: 9937732169

Palasa: 8978881006

Howrah Helpline Number: 033-26382217

Kharagpur Helpline Number: 8972073925 & 9332392339

Balasore Helpline Number: 8249591559 & 7978418322

Shalimar Helpline Number: 9903370746

According to officials, the injured persons have been rushed to the nearest hospitals in Balasore and SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

According to officials, at least 300 passengers have been evacuated, out of which around 179 people have been hospitalised. Another 600 to 700 people are still trapped, the officials said.

The special relief commissioner has directed the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force team at Balasore to rush to the spot for search and rescue operations. The Balasore Collector has also been directed to reach the spot and make all necessary arrangements, and intimate the SRC if any additional help is required from the state.

(More to follow…)

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