Bhubaneswar: The death toll in the most disastrous train accident in Odisha’s Balasore district rose to 288, informed Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena today.
Providing latest updates on identification of bodies, he said, “We had confirmed 275 deaths in the train accident till yesterday. Following verification of bodies and receiving updates from collectors, the number of deaths went up to 288.”
Of total 288 deaths, 205 bodies have been identified so far and handed over to their relatives. The remaining 83 bodies are under the identification process, he said.
“We received many queries through toll free numbers released by the government. We hope by tomorrow, there will be significant progress and all bodies will be identified,” Jena told reporters.
Of 288 bodies, 94 have been identified in Balasore district, one in Bhadrak district and 193 bodies were sent to Bhubaneswar in 96 ambulances, of which 110 bodies were identified and handed over to next kin, he further informed.
He said that the government is bearing all cost for treatment of train accident victims and transportation of bodies to respective destinations. Till now, only one victim is stated to be in critical condition.