Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 22:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed their grief over the tragic rail mishap near Kunera in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh which killed at least 32 people and left over 60 injured.

Hirakhand express derailment

“Express my deepest grief on the loss of lives and injuries in the derailment of Hirakhand Express train at Kuneru in Andhra Pradesh. I have instructed the Chief Secretary, DGP, and the Health Secretary to leave at once to Rayagada. I have just spoken to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to extend all support,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.

“Expect Railways to take all efforts for early relief & restoration. State is extending all support to Railways in this hour of distress,” Patnaik added.

Similarly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief over the incident.

“My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones due to the derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express. The tragedy is saddening,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a tweet quoting Modi.

“I pray for a speedy recovery of all those injured due to the train accident,” said Modi.

It may be mentioned here that the casualty has increased to 32 and is likely to go up further.

Nine critically injured passengers were shifted to King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam where they are undergoing treatment where their condition is stated to be critical. Other injured people are undergoing treatment at Parvathipuram government hospital in Vizianagaram district and Rayagada District Headquarters Hospital.

“The number of injured passengers is 54. People with minor injuries have been discharged after being provided with first-aid. Railway Minister has directed the administration to effectively undertake the relief and rescue operations. He has also expressed grief over the incident and also announced an ex-gratia. A sum of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased, Rs 50, 000 to people who sustained grievous injuries, and Rs 25, 000 to minor injured,” said Additional Director General (ADG) Public Relations (PR) Railways Anil Saxena.

“The toll has risen to 32 and 50 people have sustained injuries. As the rescue operations are on, the toll is likely to go up. The injured have been admitted to Parvathipuram government hospital in Vizianagaram district and Rayagada District Headquarters Hospital,” Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar, Rayagada collector said.