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Abu Dhabi [UAE], June 3 (ANI): United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on Saturday condoled the loss of lives in the train accident at Balasore in Odisha and said his thoughts are with the families of the victims.

Zayed said that UAE stands in this hour of grief with India.

"The news of the train accident in Odisha is heart-wrenching. My thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones and I wish the injured a speedy recovery. We stand with you in this hour of grief," he tweeted.

On Friday, a three-way accident occured that involved Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express and goods train on three separate tracks at Bahanaga Bazar Station in Odisha's Balasore district.

According to South Eastern Railway, 288 people were killed and around 1,000 people were injured in the accident.

As per Odisha Government's Special Relief Commissioner's office, a total of 17 coaches of the two trains had derailed and were severely damaged.

Earlier today Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Fakir Mohan Hospital in Odisha's Balasore where some of the passengers injured in Friday's mishap involving three trains were admitted.

The PM visited the hospital after reviewing the situation at the site of the June 2 incident in which at least 288 people were killed and over 1000 people injured.

At the site PM Modi spoke to Cabinet Secretary and Health Minister and asked them to ensure all needed help is provided to the injured and their families, government sources said.

Seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Teams, five Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) Units and 24 Fire Services and Emergency Units engaged in rescue operations.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed Mi-17 helicopters for the evacuation of the deceased and injured. According to the Eastern Command, IAF is coordinating the rescue efforts with the civil administration and Indian Railways.

The Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw earlier visited the site and directed a "high level" probe and said measures will be taken to ensure such incidents do not take place in future.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also visited the accident site to take stock of the situation. (ANI)

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