Mumbai, July 28: At least 33 people died and many others injured on Saturday after a bus fell down a mountain road in Ambenali Ghat, in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Only one person has reportedly survived the tragedy. Meanwhile, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been rushed to the spot and rescue operation is underway. All the bodies have been taken to Poladpur rural hospital in Raigad district. The incident occurred at around 10:30 AM. The people onboard the bus were, reportedly, employees of an agricultural university in Maharashtra. Also Read - 'Recovery Rate at 42.89%,' Says Govt as India Climbs to 9th Position in Global COVID-19 Tally
Earlier this month, at least 48 people died and 11 others were left injured after an overloaded bus fell into a 200-metre gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district. The incident occurred near Gween village, close to Dhumakot in the district, when the private bus, carrying 58 passengers, on it way to Ramnagar fell into the deep gorge. Police said that the accident took place at around 9 AM today when the driver lost control of the bus. Also Read - Two Storms Forming Over Arabian Sea, Likely to Affect Maharashtra, Karnataka
Speaking to a news agency, Superintendent of Police Jagat Ram Joshi said, “45 people were killed on the spot and 13 others injured. Later, three more succumbed to their injuries at the PHC Dhumakot, where the injured were immediately rushed after rescue teams reached the spot. Two critically injured, out of the remaining 11, were referred to Ramnagar, whereas nine are still under treatment at the Dhumakot PHC.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to express condolences on the Raigad bus tragedy.
Following which Maharashtra government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased. The government will also bear the medical expenses of those injured.