AP Minister Botsa Briefs Media on Telugu Passengers in Balasore Train Accident

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Amaravarti: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday chaired a review meeting on the Balasore train accident which claimed the lives of over 288 people and injured over 800 others. The meeting was attended by state ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Jogi Ramesh, K Nageswara Rao and officials.

The tragic incident involving three trains took place near Bahanaga Station in Odisha’s Balasore after several coaches of the Coromandel Express derailed after colliding with a goods train. A little later, Howrah-bound Yesvantpur-Howrah train dashed into those derailed coaches, resulting in the tragic accident. 

After the meeting ended, Botsa Satyanarayana told reporters that the Chief Minister has instructed the officials to immediately make arrangements and shift the injured and bodies of the deceased persons from the accident site to their native places. A high-level IAS officers committee under the aegis of Andhra Pradesh IT Minister G Amarnath has reached Balasore already and is extending their help in the relief and rescue operations. 

Satyanarayana added that the Chief Minister directed the officials to make arrangements in hospitals in the areas extending from Ichchapuram to the Andhra-Odisha border. He said all the collector offices in the border area have been directed to start a helpline and help the families of the victims of the train accident. The minister said a total of 65 ambulances and medical teams have been dispatched to Balasore to treat the injured passengers. 

There were a large number of Telugu passengers on board in both trains. According to reports, there were 482 passengers belonging to Andhra Pradesh in Coromandel Express train while 89 Telugu passengers were travelling on Yesvantpur-Howrah train.

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