By Tenzin Nyidon
DHARAMSHALA, May 6: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has extended condolences to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the families over the horrific tragic train collision that took place Friday evening in Balasore district, Odisha that have led to the loss of many lives and injuries.
In his letter, he wrote, “I offer condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones and pray for all those who have been injured and others affected by this tragedy.”
“I very much appreciate that the State Government and other agencies, including those of the Central Government, are doing their utmost to provide medical treatment and support to the injured and other people affected by this tragic accident,” the official letter further stated.
The octogenarian who has had close relations with the State Government due to his frequent visits to the state over the past years. “As a mark of solidarity with the people of Odisha, the Dalai Lama Trust (DLT) is making a donation towards medical treatment, as well as relief and rescue efforts,” the octogenarian leader wrote.
According to various reports, the death toll has risen from 238 to 288 with over 1,100 people have been rescued from the site. The accident is being called the worst train tragedy in the country since the 1995 Firozabad rail tragedy.
The accident involved three trains; Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express and SMVH-HWH Superfast Express derailed and hit the wagons of a goods train. The officials of the Indian Railway with their initial probe have found that the accident was likely caused by the failure of the signalling system and indicates that there are ‘serious flaws in the system’.