At least 261 killed in India's deadly train accident

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-06-03 06:53
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A rescuer works at the site of a deadly train derailment and collision accident that killed more than 200 people in Balasore district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, June 3, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]

Survivors told media they saw body parts scattered everywhere at the accident site.

"When I got out of the train, I saw limbs scattered all around; a leg here, a hand there. Someone's face was disfigured," a survivor told the media.

Reports said at least 51 trains were diverted, canceled or terminated after the accident.

Indian President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and condolences are pouring in from various quarters.

Modi said he was distressed by the accident and has spoken with federal railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to take stock of the situation.

Vaishnaw on Friday night said he was heading to the accident site and announced monetary compensation to the victims.

Reports suggest it is so far the worst train crash in India's recent history.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known. However, a probe has been ordered into the derailment.

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