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​Uttarakhand bus accident: At least 47 killed

July 1, 2018

Uttarakhand. At least 47 people were killed on Sunday morning after a private bus fell into a gorge near Queen Village in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district. Superintendent of Police, Jagat Ram Joshi said the bus was overloaded when it fell into the 200-metre-deep gorge. The bus was carrying around 55-60 passengers and was on its way to Ramnagar, he added.

The injured have been rushed to a hospital in Dhumkot, he said. DIG Garhwal range Sanjay Gunjyal said rescue operations are being carried out by the police and SDRF personnel, while senior officials have rushed to the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh 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.

“Extremely saddened by the bus accident in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest. Rescue operations are underway and authorities are providing all possible assistance at the accident site,” a tweet from the PMO handle read.

The chief minister ordered a magisterial probe into the incident, besides announcing a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured, the CMO said.