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32 killed as bus falls into Raigad ravine
July 29, 2018
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RAIGAD: Thirty-three people were killed when a bus carrying 34 people to Mahabaleshwar on a picnic fell into a deep gorge off Ambenali Ghat in Raigad district on Saturday.

Raigard collector Vijay Suryawanshi confirmed the death toll.

Only one person, Prakash Sawant Desai, survived as he jumped out of the bus, said police inspector Balkrushna Jadhav of Raigad police.

The accident took place near Poladpur, around 200 km from Mumbai, according to state highway traffic officials.

Police said the passengers were from Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, an agricultural university at Dapoli in Ratnagiri district, and were going on a picnic to Mahabaleshawar.

As they were crossing a sharp turn at Poladpur around 11.30 am, the driver lost control and the bus fell into the gorge.

Local rescuers, policemen from Poladpur station have rushed to the spot for rescue operations. A National Disaster Response Force team from Pune has been called in.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the death and offered condolences to the kin of the deceased.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also expressed pain over the incident and asked party workers in the area to “provide all possible assistance to the injured and families of those who have died.”

Rescue efforts were severely hampered by heavy rains lashing the Western Ghats, besides poor connectivity in the remote hills in the area.

“As per preliminary information, at least 10 bodies have been recovered and efforts are underway to rescue others or retrieve more bodies,” Patil told IANS.


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