New Delhi, April 10: In order to show condolence to victims of Kangra bus accident, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar on Tuesday issued an order stating that there will be no cultural programme in the government functions for next 10 days.

On Monday, at least 29 people, including 27 children, were killed and many others got injured after a school bus in which they were traveling fell into a 100-feet deep gorge in Nurpur area of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his anguish over the loss of lives. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur ordered a magisterial probe and also a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the bereaved families. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan  Kapoor along with local legislator and Deputy Commissioner reached Kangra to supervise rescue and relief operations.

Earlier, police have said that the death toll may rise as many students were still trapped in the mangled body of the bus. The students, mostly from Class 5 and below of Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial Public School, were on their way home when their bus fell into the gorge near Gurchal village on the Nurpur-Chamba road.

Eyewitnesses said the driver lost control of the vehicle due to which it skid into the gorge. As per the report, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team along with police, volunteers, doctors were rushed to the spot. Locals also came forward to help children and others. The rescue operation is underway. More details are awaited in the incident.