Death toll in Uttarakhand bus accident rises to 48; CM announces compensation

Death toll in Uttarakhand bus accident rises to 48; CM announces compensation

On Sunday, a minibus which headed for Ramnagar from Bhoan, fell into a60-foot-deep gorge at Pipali-Bhoan motorway in the Nanidhanda area of Uttarakhand, raising the dead bodies to 48 with one person succumbing to his injuries in which the victims included of around 22 men, 16 women, and 10 children.

Uttarakhand IG, Law and Order, Deepam Seth said, “There have been 48 casualties and 12 injuries in the accident. Out of the 48 dead, 22 are men, 16 women, and 10 children. All bodies have been identified.”

The driver reportedly lost control of the bus after which it fell in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the deaths. “Extremely saddened by the bus accident in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families,”

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced ‘ex gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead’. He also said, “the state government would take care of the expenses incurred on the treatment of those who got injured”.

According to the reported presented by the police, the accident, likely to happen around 9 is, near the Queens Bridge on the Pipli-Bhaun road when the driver lost control of the bus. 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 said that for the immediate help and airlift the injured people, a chopper had also been rushed down to the place of incident.

The Prime Minister’s Office posted in social media, “I pray the injured recover at the earliest. Rescue operations are underway and authorities are providing all possible assistance at the accident site”.

by Sawan Kumar on July 2, 2018

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