Odisha Train Accident: PM Modi Visits Crash Survivors at Balasore Hospital
3 June, 2023 | Nishtha Gupta
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Fakir Mohan Hospital in Odisha's Balasore on Saturday, where some of the passengers injured were being treated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Fakir Mohan Hospital in Odisha’s Balasore on Saturday, where some of the passengers injured in a train accident on Friday were being treated.
After reviewing the situation at the scene of the June 2 incident, in which at least 261 people were killed and over 1000 were injured, the Prime Minister paid a visit to the hospital. PM Modi flew down to the crash site in an IAF chopper at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Balasore district and was briefed on the train mishap by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
PM Modi visited the accident site to inspect the ongoing relief efforts. He interacted with local authorities, disaster relief personnel, and railway officials. According to government sources, he emphasised the ‘Whole of Government’ approach to mitigating the monumental tragedy.
The Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express, and the goods trains were involved in a three-way accident at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Odisha’s Balasore district. According to the Special Relief Commissioner’s office of the Odisha Government, 17 coaches of the two trains had derailed and were severely damaged.
According to government sources, PM Modi spoke with Cabinet Secretary and Health Minister at the scene and asked them to ensure that all necessary assistance is provided to the injured and their families.
PM Modi also stated that special precautions must be taken to ensure that bereaved families are not inconvenienced and that those affected continue to receive the assistance they require.