More than a hundred bodies unclaimed in train crash India’s Odisha state
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on June 5, 2023
A large number of bodies are still unclaimed in the deadly three-train crash that killed 275 people in India.
Four days after the clash, officials in the state of Odisha say 105 bodies are unidentified as many are damaged beyond recognition and now decomposing.
More than 1,000 people were injured and have been admitted to hospitals with families looking for loved ones.
The crash saw a passenger train derail after wrongly entering into a loop track by the side of the main line and colliding with a stationary goods train that was parked there.
Its derailed carriages then struck the rear coaches of a second passenger train going in the opposite direction.
Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Vijay Amruta Kulange said there have been some cases where more than one family have claimed a body so in those cases, DNA testing is required.
Pictures of the victims have been uploaded on government websites and large computer screen displays have been installed to help families identify their loved ones.
More than 3,000 passengers are thought to have been travelling on the two trains.
The deadly collision on Friday evening is India’s worst rail accident this century.