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India: At least 233 dead and 900 injured, the latest tally of the train tragedy

At least 233 are dead and around 900 injured from the collision of two passenger trains yesterday Friday (2/6) in the eastern state of Odisha of Indiaaccording to a more recent official tally.

The operation of the rescue crews at the scene of the tragedy is ongoing and fears are expressed that the final death toll may be much higher.

Images from the scene of the tragedy show the frantic efforts of rescue crews to locate survivors among the battered sheet metal. One of the survivors told reporters that he was asleep at the time of the collision. When he opened his eyes, he realized that he had been overwhelmed by his fellow passengers. He managed to crawl out of the carriage, having been wounded in the chest, neck and arms.

More than 200 ambulances were mobilized to transport the injured to hospitals. It is estimated that around 900 people were transported injured, some of them in critical condition.

The Coromandel Express, running the route from Kolkata to Chennai, collided with another passenger train, the Howrah Superfast Express, near Balasore, railway officials said. The second train derailed and its carriages became entangled with the wreckage of the first, according to South Eastern Railway.

Shocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in a post on Twitter “My thoughts are with the grieving families. May the injured recover quickly”.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnau went to the scene of the tragedy to be informed about the operation of the rescue teams.

The worst railway accident in Indian history occurred on June 6, 1981 when a passenger train derailed in the state of Bihar and seven carriages fell from a bridge into a river, killing more than 800 people.

Source: News Beast

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