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PM Modi chairs high-level meeting to review situation after Balasore train mishap: Death toll rises to 261

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high level meeting to review the situation in relation to the rail accident in Odisha’s Balasore. The aspects relating to rescue, relief and medical attention to those affected were discussed in the review meeting.

It was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister P K Mishra,  Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, NDRF Chief S.N. Pradhan and other senior officials.

Meanwhile, after the meeting, Mr. Modi left for Odisha where he will review the situation in the wake of the train mishap.  First, he will inspect the site of the accident in Balasore and then he will visit SCB Hospital in Cuttack. He will also interact with those who were injured in the crash.

While, Death toll rises to 261. Restoration and relief operations are underway on a war-footing in Balasore’s Bahanaga train accident in Odisha. The death toll of the tragic train accident has risen to 261, and around 900 are feared critically injured. Informing this, Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena said the causality could increase as rescue operations are underway at accident site.

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