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Kullu bus accident: Death toll rises to 33

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Death toll rose to 33 in Banjar area bus accident in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, an official said.

According to Banjar SDM M R Bhardwaj, a total of 33 passengers lost their lives while rest 37 suffered injuries after a private bus fell into a deep gorge near Banjar area of Kullu district.

With 50 people on-board, the bus was going to Gadagushani area from Banjar when the accident took place.

All deceased people have been identified, he said.

The administration has announced Rs 20,000 for the family of deceased and Rs 5,000 for the injured as immediate relief.

All the injured people have been admitted to a local hospital in Banjar, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said here.

Rescue operations underway.

"Death toll may rise as initial reports suggest that the bus was overloaded", Chief Minister Thakur said.

"Six more doctors and all ambulances have been sent from other hospitals to Banjara Hospital (where people are being treated). The Road and Transport Minister has also been deputed," he added.

The Chief Minister has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

Expressing grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Deeply saddened by the bus accident in Kullu. Condolences to families of those who lost their lives. I hope the injured recover soon. Himachal Pradesh Govt is providing all possible assistance that is required.

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First Published: Thu, June 20 2019. 22:12 IST