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As soon as the accident happened, they didn’t waste a minute. They climbed into the mangled coaches of Coromandel Express immediately to rescue the passengers amid pitch darkness.
Going to facilitate the stranded passengers, the East Coast Railway has decided to run three special trains between Puri and Howrah.
What makes the identification of the bodies difficult is that most of them are disfigured beyond recognition.
Three Union ministers - Ashwini Vaishnaw, Mansukh Mandaviya and Dharmendra Pradhan - visited the state-run SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where 202 injured people have been admitted, an official of the health facility said.
Similarly, no announcements like that of LIC seem to have come from private life insurers and the sectoral regulator.
A Rajasthan devotee while witnessing the bathing rituals of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra in the temple fell ill and collapsed on the ground.
A family from Patna with Parents Atala Bihari, his wife Savitri, their two daughters and one son had a miraculous shave from the accident.
The jottings on torn pages of a diary with sketches of elephants, fish and sun on the other side, were probably written during the leisure time of a passenger whose identity is not known as yet.
The Centre along with the support of the state government are giving all support to the injured patients who are admitted to various hospitals in Balasore, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
After reaching home, Jyotirmaya shared his first hand harrowing experience about the accident and thanked God for surviving along with his family members.
Taking a swipe at the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused it of not doing anything to trace out those who are still missing.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted that track linking Up-line has been restored and overhead electification work has also started.
After reaching Balasore, some of the family members are searching their relatives at the accident spot in Bahanaga station, Bahanaga High School, Balasore and Bhadrak amid the scorching heat, but in vain.
A Jagannath Temple Police (JTP) personnel first spotted the blood stains and reported it to the servitors. It is suspected that any servitor might have sustained injuries during observation of ‘Deva Snana’ rituals.