A bus fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand's Pauri district this morning, killing at least 48 people and injuring over a dozen, the police said.
The incident occurred near Gween village in the district when the overloaded private bus, on its way to Ramnagar, fell into the 200-metre-deep gorge, Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagat Ram Joshi said.
The SP, who rushed to the spot after receiving information about the incident, said at least 40 people were killed and over 12 injured, who have been rushed to a hospital in Dhumakot.
However, the exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, he said.
DIG Garhwal range Sanjay Gunjyal said, rescue operations are being carried out by the police and SDRF personnel, while senior officials have rushed to the spot.
Compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead&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: #Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat on Nainidhanda accident that claimed 20 lives pic.twitter.com/B7BjgazunX— ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2018
Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and instructed the district administration to extend all help to the injured and the kin of the deceased.