Officials announced on Monday that 101 bodies still need to be identified following the devastating train accident in Odisha that claimed at least 278 lives and injured over 1000 people.
According to Rinkesh Roy, Divisional Railway Manager of the Eastern Central Railways, almost 200 patients are still being treated in various hospitals throughout the state of Odisha.
“About 1,100 people were injured in the accident, out of which about 900 people were discharged after treatment. Around 200 people are being treated in various hospitals in the state. Out of 278 people who died in the accident, 101 bodies are yet to be identified,” Mr Roy told.
In Balasore, the terrible collision between two passenger trains and a goods train resulted in at least 275 fatalities and more over 1100 injured. In India, this horrific occurrence has had a huge impact.
“Of the total 193 bodies kept in Bhubaneswar, 80 bodies have been identified,” said Vijay Amrit Kulange, Commissioner of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation. The family members have received 55 bodies. BMC’s helpline number 1929 has received more than 200 calls. The deceased are being recognised and given to the family members.
A halted goods train and the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express collided, resulting in numerous coaches derailing into the nearby track and the accident. The Howrah Express then derailed further when it slammed into the affected carriages at a high rate of speed on its way from Yesvantpur to Howrah.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the injured who were receiving medical attention at the hospital as well as the accident scene at Balasore.
PM Modi had also presided over a high-level review meeting on the incident before departing from Delhi for the accident site.