Balasore Train Tragedy: Railways Revises Death Toll to 275 from 288

New Delhi: The South Eastern Railways on Monday released a public notice about the compensation to be given to the victims of the triple train accident in Odisha’s Balasore. In this notice, the railways revised the death toll to 275 from the earlier 288.

The railways has asked the family members of the train tragedy victims to contact Balasore station. In the notice, railways authorities said that they have handed over 77 bodies to the family members of the victims of the train tragedy.

“Though no compensation is enough to match the sorrow of the grieved families, yet as an ex-gratia, monetary compensations are being granted to the deceased and injured victims of this tragic incident,” the railways said in the notice.

It has also released helpline numbers for the help of family members. These are: 8249591559, 7978418322, 9439981999 and a special railways number 64810.

The Railway Board has recommended that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) take over the probe into the cause of the disaster.

The accident took place on Friday when a passenger train hit a stationary freight train, jumped the tracks and hit another passenger train passing in the opposite direction near Balasore. The two trains were 12841 Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express and 12864 Yashwantpur-Howrah Superfast Express.

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