Bhubaneswar, June 4 (). Odisha government on Sunday said that the death toll in the triple train accident at Bahnaga station in Balasore is 275. Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena said some bodies were counted twice at the crash site and in hospitals. The final death toll after proper counting is 275.
He said that out of 275 bodies, 78 bodies have been identified and handed over to their family members after postmortem. The process of handing over 10 more bodies is underway, he added.
Jena said that out of the remaining 187 bodies, 170 bodies have been brought to Bhubaneswar, while another 17 bodies are being brought to the capital from Balasore.
The dead bodies have been brought to various crematoriums in Bhubaneswar in a dignified manner in 85 ambulances. He said that only two bodies were brought in each ambulance.
Chief Secretary said that the biggest challenge before the government is to identify the dead bodies, we have uploaded the pictures of the dead bodies on the websites. If anyone can identify the body of his family member, he can contact on helpline number 18003450061/1929 (24A-7).
Photos of the dead bodies and lists of the injured have been uploaded on the websites.
He informed that the government has also taken steps to provide death certificates to the family members of the deceased persons in a hassle free manner.
As many as 1,175 patients were admitted to various hospitals, out of which 793 have been discharged. The condition of most of the injured patients is stable. 382 passengers are undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals.