Twenty-two people were killed after a bus carrying pilgrims fell into a 150 metres-deep gorge in Uttarakhand on Sunday. The bus, with 28 passengers, was enroute Yamunotri, a major pilgrim spot in the hill state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to those “who have lost their loved ones” in the accident. He also announced a compensation of ₹ 2 lakhs each for the families of those who lost their lives in the accident and ₹ 50,000 each for the injured in a bus accident in Uttarakhand.
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Senior officials, including Uttarkashi District Magistrate Abhishek Ruhela, rushed to the spot. Yamunotri along with the shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Gangotri are commonly known as Char Dham.
“Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration is engaged in all possible assistance on the spot,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
The state administration and rescue teams are at the spot, informed Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, adding, he is keeping an eye on the situation after reaching the disaster control room. It may be recalled that a similar tragedy in July 2018 killed 48 people when a bus fell into a 200-metres gorge in the Pauri district accident.