Himachal Pradesh: 42 Dead As Bus Falls In Gorge In Kullu

Himachal Pradesh: 42 Dead As Bus Falls In Gorge In Kullu

Himachal Pradesh: A bus fell into a gorge near the Banjar area of Kullu 

New Delhi: In Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, a bus fell into a gorge, which claimed the life of around 42 passengers and left more than 30 injured, officials said. The number of deaths could rise as several passengers were sitting on top of the bus, reports said.

Around 70 people had boarded the private bus, when it plunged into a 500-foot deep gorge near the Dhoth Morh in Banjar tehsil of the district. The bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini, about 60 km from Kullu.

Shalini Agnihotri, the Kullu police chief told news agency AFP that authorities launched a rescue operation immediately and moved the injured to hospitals.

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It appeared that having too many people onboard and reckless driving may have caused the accident, Sheetal Kumar, a government official told news agency PTI.

Television images showed the mangled remains of the bus near a stream at the bottom of the gorge as locals made human chains to help survivors cross it. The injured were taken to the Banjar Civil Hospital and the Kullu district hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the incident on Twitter.

 

Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also expressed grief over the accident. The chief minister has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

The deceased in the incident were mostly the residents of various areas in Kullu district. The district administration announced an immediate relief of Rs. 50,000 each to the families of those killed and the injured.

Due to it's rugged terrain, Himachal Pradesh is prone to deadly accidents, with speeding and over-crowding adding to the safety hazards. As per the data of the government, analysed by advocacy group SaveLIFE Foundation, around 1,200 people have died each year from road accidents in the state between 2014 and 2017.

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