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Uttarakhand bus accident: 26 people lost their lives while 4 were injured

On Sunday evening, twenty-five pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh died. Three were severely injured when their bus fell into a 250-meter deep valley while they headed to Yamunotri temple in Uttarkashi district. Uttarkashi District Disaster Management officer Devendra Patwal said that the mishap occurred near Rikhavu khadd, which is around two kilometers away from Damta on NH-94. Additional Chief Secretary Radha Raturi noted that the pilgrims were from the Panna district in Madhya Pradesh. 

 

The rescuers said that the search operation was going on till 2:30 am, and they found out that the bus driver was one of the four persons who got injured in the accident. All the injured have been admitted to the community health center in Damta. At the same time, the bus conductor lost his life due to the incident. There were 30 people on the bus, including the driver and the conductor, and 26 bodies have been recovered. 

 

Devendra Patwal, the district disaster management officer of Uttarkashi, said that it took some time to find the bodies due to the terrain and nighttime. He further added, “Twenty-five of the bodies are being sent to Dehradun from where they will be sent to Madhya Pradesh. The body of the bus helper, who was from Almora, has been kept at the local community health center. His family is coming to take the body.”

 

Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, also coordinated with Dhami to stay updated about the situation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovid, and Uttarakhand’s governor Gurmit Singh also expressed their despair over the lives that were lost due to the mishap. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami declared ₹1 lakh compensation for the travelers who lost their lives and ₹50,000 for the injured ones. On the other hand, Shivraj Singh Chauhan said in a tweet that the bodies would be flown to the state around 2 pm. 

 

 

 

By TIS Staffer
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