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None from Odisha reported dead in Utkal Express tragedy, 5 hurt

Bhubaneswar, August 20: At least five Odia passengers, including a woman sustained minor injuries after fourteen coaches of a high-speed Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express jumped the rails on Saturday evening, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in UP on Saturday evening, claiming at least 23 lives. 

While three of the injured passengers were discharged after first aid, the rest two are still hospitalised. But no casualties of any Odia passengers were reported as yet, said sources in the CRC.

The injured persons from Odisha have been identified as Amay Das, Madho Mondal, Devendra Das, Yatri Das and Sabita Malik.

Team of officers from Chief Resident Commissioner, New Delhi (CRC) office are camping at Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. They have given Rs 5,000 to each injured passenger for meeting their immediate requirements.

Meanwhile, arrangements have been made to bring them to Delhi and send them to Odisha at the earliest.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the family of any Odia passenger found dead in the tragedy. He also announced Rs 50,000 for the injured persons from Odisha. 

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