New Delhi: The world mourned the loss of a large number of lives during a tragic train accident in India on Friday night.
More than 230 people died and more than 900 were injured in the collision of three trains one after the other in Balasore district of Odisha. Actress-turned-politician Kiran Kher expressed grief after learning about the incident.
“Saddened to hear about the horrific train accident at Balasore in Orissa. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured,” she tweeted.
Very sad to hear about the terrible train accident at Balasore in Orissa. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. pic.twitter.com/eBbiggPx3p
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) June 3, 2023
According to railway spokesperson Amitabh Sharma, the accident took place around 7 pm on Friday. “Around 7 pm, 10-12 coaches of the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed near Baleshwar and fell onto the opposite track. Shortly after, another train from Yeswantpur to Howrah collided with these coaches. Due to which 3-4 coaches derailed. Coach,” Sharma told ANI.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government has declared a day of mourning on Saturday in view of the train derailment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the train derailment.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the ex-gratia amount will be allocated to the heirs of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).