Balasore Triple Train Crash: Air Force Deploys Mi-17 Helicopters for Evacuation of Deceased & Injured
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday deployed its Mi-17 helicopters for the evacuation of deceased and injured in the Balasore triple train accident. This was informed by the Eastern Command of the IAF.
According to the Eastern Command, IAF is coordinating the rescue efforts with the civil administration and Indian Railways.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the triple train accident site in Odisha’s Balasore on Saturday and meet with injured people at hospitals in Balasore and Cuttack , reported national media. PM Modi also called up a high-level meeting with railway officials following over 238 deaths in the horrific train accident in Balsore district of Odisha on Friday night. Over 900 were injured in this major train accident.
Three trains had collided after one of the train’s coaches derailed in Balasore at 7 pm. This horrific three-train accident involved two express trains – Bengaluru-Howrah Express and Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express – and a goods train.
The rescue operations are on and all hospitals in the nearby districts have been put on alert.
Three NDRF units, 4 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force units, over 15 fire rescue teams, 30 doctors, 200 police personnel and 60 ambulances have been mobilised to the site.