Srinagar: At least thirteen people on Saturday died after a bus fell in a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pooch. Further, 13 people were reported to be injured in the accident. All those injured have been rushed to a hospital nearby. Also Read - Anantnag Encounter: Hizbul Commander, Two Other Terrorists Killed, 'Doda District Militancy Free,' Says J&K Police
As of now, rescue and search operations are underway. According to a report, the bus which was going to Loran skidded off and fell into a gorge in Plera. The registration number of the passenger bus is JK02W0445, the report said. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Three Militants Shot Down in Anantnag Encounter; Search Underway
Earlier, DDC of Poonch, Rahul Yadav told news agency ANI that those injured are being treated in different hospitals, and the government is ready to extend any help possible to the families of those affected. “We’ve confirmed 11 deaths and 34 injured people are being treated at different hospitals. We’ve arranged air ambulance for those who are in a critical condition; a chopper will arrive soon from Jammu. Government will extend every possible help (sic),” Yadav said.
In an earlier incident on October 6, 21 persons were killed and 15 injured when an overcrowded mini-bus fell into a 200-ft-deep gorge after its driver lost control over the vehicle on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district, officials said.
Among the dead were four women and the driver. Ten critically injured passengers were airlifted from the accident site to Army hospital at Udhampur and two others to Jammu, they said.
The vehicle was on its way to Ramban town from Banihal when the accident occurred at around 9.55 AM. The driver lost control over the overcrowded vehicle which rolled down the deep gorge at Kela Morh near Maroof, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Rafiq-ul-Hassan, told PTI.