At least 47 people were killed and over 11 people injured after a bus fell down a gorge in Uttarakhand's Pauri-Garhwal district on Sunday.
According to ANI, the injured have been taken to hospital. "The number of casualties is expected to rise," said Garhwal Commissioner of Police Dilip Jawalkar.
The state government also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased. "Compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and treatment of the injured will be take care of by the government. Appropriate compensation will also be given to the injured. Magisterial inquiry has been ordered," Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told ANI.
Compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead&treatment of injured will be take care of by the govt, appropriate compensation will also be given to the injured. Magisterial inquiry has been ordered: #Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat on Nainidhanda accident that claimed 20 lives pic.twitter.com/B7BjgazunX
— ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2018
Death toll in Nainidhanda accident rises to 47. 11 people have been injured in the accident where a bus fell down a gorge in Pauri Garhwal district's Nanidhanda earlier today. #Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/7g63BqqKTv — ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2018
The incident occurred near Gween village in the district when the overloaded private bus, on its way to Ramnagar, fell into the 200-metre-deep gorge, Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagat Ram Joshi said.
However, the exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, he said.
DIG Garhwal range Sanjay Gunjyal said, rescue operations are being carried out by the police and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel, while senior officials have rushed to the spot.
Governor KK Paul and Chief Minister Rawat expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and instructed the district administration to extend all help to the injured and the kin of the deceased.
Rawat also told reporters that the central government had assured him of all possible help. "I am going to inspect the site of the accident. I spoke to Rajnath Singh ji and JP Nadda ji who have assured all possible help," he told ANI.
On 10 June, two female pilgrims were killed and 15 injured after their bus overturned in Uttarakhand's Tehri district while they were on their way to Badrinath. The accident took place near the Bageshwar Bridge on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Jul 01, 2018 14:24:12 IST