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47 dead after bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand
July 02, 2018
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DEHRADUN: At least 47 people were killed after a bus fell into a 60-metre gorge in Uttarakhand on Sunday, police said.

According to the police, the accident took place at about 9 a.m., near the Queens Bridge on the Pipli-Bhaun road when the driver lost control of the 28-seater bus which was headed to Ramnagar from Bhaun Eight injured people were rushed to nearby medical facilities out of which four were in “very critical” condition.

Inspector General of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) Sanjay Gunjial has informed that a chopper has been rushed to airlift the remaining injured people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief over the death of 47 people who were killed after a bus fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district.

“Extremely saddened by the bus accident in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

“I pray the injured recover at the earliest. Rescue operations are underway and authorities are providing all possible assistance at the accident site.”

“Rescue operations are on and we are still not sure about the final count of dead bodies,” said a police official, who declined to be identified since he was not authorised to speak to the media.

“It was raining, these are narrow, hill roads and the bus driver lost control.” A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local police were engaged in rescue operations, he said.

According to reports, about 50 passengers were travelling in a 28-seater which was headed for Ramnagar from Bhoan. The reason for the accident isn’t known yet, police said.

The incident occurred near Gween village when the overloaded private bus fell into the 200-metre-deep gorge, Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagat Ram Joshi said.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat offered his condolences to the families of those killed. The chief minister has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the dead and Rs 50,000 each for the injured.

If needed, the injured will be flown to Dehradun for further treatment, he said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted about the incident.

Governor KK Paul has instructed the district administration to extend all help to the injured and the families of the dead.

Indo-Asian News Service

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