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Deeply distressing: UK Parliament expresses condolences on Odisha prepare tragedy that killed 288

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Press Trust of India

By Press Trust of India: A movement has been tabled within the House of Commons to convey cross-party condolences to India over the lack of lives on account of the three-train collision in Odisha final week.

The Early Day Motion (EDM), tabled on Monday by veteran Indian-origin Opposition Labour Party MP for Southall in London Virendra Sharma, has attracted signatures from a number of different members of Parliament together with Navendu Mishra, Labour MP for Stockport in northern England and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for India (Trade and Investment).

EDMs are quick parliamentary proposals that give MPs the chance to publicise a trigger and are sometimes used to indicate widespread help for a selected challenge.

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“That this House conveys condolences to the people of Odisha and the Republic of India following the tragedy of the railway collision in Odisha; pays tribute to the work of railway workers, the emergency services and all first responders in saving lives and securing the safety of those present; remembers the more than 280 people killed and nearly 1,000 injured; and further conveys sympathies to the families and loved ones of those in the accident,” reads the EDM tabled this week.

The prepare collision, which occurred on June 2, is likely one of the worst railway accidents in a long time and triggered a world outpouring of help and condolence messages. At least 288 folks have been killed and greater than 900 have been injured within the accident.

“The news from Odisha last week was deeply distressing and my thoughts are with the families of those that died and were injured. As ever, the work of the emergency services was heroic,” stated Mishra.