Uttarkashi: A tourist bus on way to Yamunotri Dham in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand fell into a gorge on Sunday evening, killing at least 25 pilgrims.
There were 28 pilgrims and two staffers who had come from Panna district of Madhya Pradesh. While the bodies of 25 pilgrims were recovered, the remaining five who were injured were rushed to the hospital.
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) said in a statement that they had received information about a bus with 28-30 passengers having fallen into a 150-metre-gorge.
“Soon after getting the information, SDRF teams reached the spot and started a rescue operation. Backup teams from Ujeli, Mori and Sahastradhara posts have also been sent,” the SDRF said.
“A very tragic incident took place today, involving the accident of a bus of pilgrims from Panna, Madhya Pradesh. As many as 25 people have died. We are putting all relief efforts. Both DM and SP have been sent to the spot. The HM has sent NDRF team,” said Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.
Ex-gratia relief for victims
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each from the PM National Relief Fund to the next of kin of the pilgrims who died in the mishap in Uttarakhand. Each of the injured persons will get Rs 50,000.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced Rs 5 lakh each for the the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.
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