16 people were killed when a private bus fell into a deep gorge in Sainj valley of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu around 8 am, Monday morning, officials said.
Kullu Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg said the Sainj bound bus fell into the gorge near Jangla village, nearly 60 km from the District Headquarters.
The bus was carrying nearly 45 passengers. Several of them are feared injured in the accident, while some of the deceased were schoolchildren.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the bereaved families on his official social media.
‘The bus accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh is heart-rending. In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected,’ the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.
An ex-gratia amount of INR 2 lakh was announced for the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs 50,000 for the wounded.
Rescue operations are underway and the injured have been rescued so far.
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