The Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) doesn’t know where the Andhra passengers who were traveling in the unreserved seats of three crashed trains in Odisha are. The accidents happened on June 2, and 275 people died, and over 900 people were injured. The Coromandel Express collided with a goods train, causing 10-12 coaches to derail, and another train crashed into the derailed coaches. An official from the APSDMA said that 44 Andhra Pradesh passengers traveling in reserved seats are untraced. Among them, eight persons haven’t responded to phone calls, four persons’ phone numbers were found to be disconnected, and the phone numbers of 31 individuals were unavailable. Furthermore, one person provided an incorrect phone number, making it difficult to determine their identity.
The APSDMA got the details of the missing persons from the district administration of Visakhapatnam and the Divisional Railway Manager of Vijayawada. Family members of two Andhra Pradesh residents, Syed Abdul Basha from Kadapa and Ambati Ramulu from Khammam, called for help. Basha was found to be safe at his residence in Hyderabad. However, officials are still searching for Ramulu, who worked as a watchman at Chaitanya apartments in Vijayawada. Concerns have been raised about Ramulu’s well-being as his daughter mentioned his mental health struggles. It is unclear whether Ramulu boarded any of the trains involved in the incident. The APSDMA has obtained Ramulu’s photograph and is actively searching for him.