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45 dead as bus falls into canal in Madhya Pradesh

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In an unfortunate incident, 45 people were killed on Tuesday after the bus they were travelling in fell off a bridge into a canal in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district. Out of the 45 people who lost their lives, 20 are women. Notably, the bus was carrying 54 passengers when its driver lost control of the vehicle resulting in the accident.

The incident took place at around 8.30 am in the morning. According to eyewitnesses, the bus after falling into the canal sank completely and was not visible. As the bus fell, seven people could save their lives by swimming out of the water.

In a bid to carry out the rescue operation, the district administration had to release water from the Bansagar canal into Sihawal canal so that the water level goes down. After this, the bus was spotted a few metres away from the spot where it had fallen into the canal. Two cranes were pushed into service to bring the bus out of the canal.

CM condoles death

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan condoled the deaths and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family of the deceased. He tweeted that teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and local authorities were conducting rescue operations at the spot.

“I am continuously monitoring the situation. I am in touch with senior officials engaged in the rescue work. Two ministers – Water Resources Minister Tulsiram Silawat and MOS for Panchyat Ramkhelawan Patel – are on their way to the site in a state plane. The entire state is standing with those affected,” Chouhan said in a video message.

This apart, an ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakh from PM’s National Relief Fund has been approved for the next of kin of the deceased along with Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the bus accident, the Prime Minister’s office tweeted.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the incident.

 

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