Sonapur, June 15: In a tragic accident in Meghalaya, thirty people are feared dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge in Sonapur area in East Jaintia Hills district on Tuesday night. Lethindra Sangma, the district’s additional superintendent of police said that the rescue team evacuated five people from the gorge on Wednesday morning, who are in critical condition. Also Read - Want to Experience Sustainable Travel? Head to These 4 Destinations in India to Explore Just That

The bus had 35 people while it fell into the gorge and chances of their survival is very less. The incident happened around 9: 45 pm at a landslide-prone area near southern Assam’s Barak Valley. The depth of the gorge and poor network affecting mobile connectivity has affected has made it dfficult to get updates for the rescue team. Village defense party members from a nearby area were also helping the police in the evacuation. (ALSO READ: 9 killed, 36 injured in bus accident in Mandi) Also Read - UGC Final-year Exams: Meghalaya to Write to UGC For Extension of Sept 30 Deadline, Wants Exams to be Held After October 5

Hindustan Times quoted,Sangma as saying, “The bus had about 35 people, and the gorge is so deep that the chances of their survival are slim.” With no electricity, rescue operations have become more difficult. Police is yet to ascertain what is the actual cause of the incident. Also Read - COVID-19: Meghalaya to Close All Entry Points For a Week Every Month

In a similar incident, 11 passengers were killed when a night bus rolled down into a gorge at Tongseng village near the accident spot.