President Biden, Secretary Blinken Condole Lives Lost In Odisha Train Crash
WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) – President Joe Biden on June 4 has expressed his condolences to the victims of the horrific Odisha train accident, which has claimed the lives of hundreds and left over 1,000 injured.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said they were both heartbroken by the tragic news of the deadly train crash in Balasore district. “Our prayers go to those who have lost loved ones and the many who suffered injuries in this terrible incident,” said Biden.
“The United States and India share deep bonds rooted in the ties of family and culture that reunite our two nations – and people all across America mourn alongside the people of India. As the recovery effort continues, we will hold the people of India in our thoughts,” he said in a White House statement.
The official toll in the devastating train accident was pegged at 288 so far, with 1,000 more sustained injuries.
17 coaches of two trains were derailed and severely damaged in the accident on June 2 evening.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on June 4 placed a call to External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to express his sadness over the tragic accident.
Jaishankar said that such sentiments were deeply valued at this challenging time. “Thank @SecBlinken for the phone call expressing his support and sympathy on
Earlier, Blinken tweeted, “We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the devastating train crash in the Indian state of Odisha. As we watch the heroic efforts of first responders and medical personnel, we stand with the people of India in this tragic moment.”
In a statement issued on June 3 by his spokesperson, UN chief Antonio Guterres extended his deep condolences to the families of the victims, “as well as the people and Government of India.”