New Delhi, July 1: At least 47 passengers died and many were injured after a bus fell rolled down a 60-foot-deep gorge on Sunday morning, news agency ANI reported. Four passengers have received serious injuries and have been rushed to a nearby local hospital. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. Also Read - 2021 Haridwar Kumbh: In a First, Number of Pilgrims to Be Restricted; Entry Passes to Be Issued
The rescue operations by police and a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are underway at the Pipali-Bhoan motorway in Pauri Garhwal’s Nainidanda block. garhwal Commissioner Dilip Jawalkar said that the casualties are expected to rise. Also Read - Fossil of Newly Discovered Ape Species, Dating Back 13 Million Years, Unearthed in Uttarakhand
Announcing Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of the dead, Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat said, “Compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and treatment of injured will be take care of by the govt, appropriate compensation will also be given to the injured. Magisterial inquiry has been ordered.” Also Read - Top Five Destinations Near Delhi-NCR That Are Safe For Travel Amidst COVID-19
The minibus was carrying at least 45 people to Ramnagar from Bhoan when the incident was reported. The cause of the accident isn’t known yet. The eyewitness said that many people died immediately the bus fell down the gorge. The injured have been rushed to the hospital.
Since this is a developing story, it will be updated as more information comes in.