New Delhi (NVI): At least 37 people were killed and many reported missing after a bus fell into a 30-feet deep canal in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh today morning.
More than 50 passengers were onboard the bus that was en route from Sidhi to Satna, all the passengers are said to be local villagers, according to the reports.
The bus that fell into the canal at around 8:30 am and completely submerged, while a major rescue operation is underway. Police and a team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are conducting the rescue operation.
Reportedly, the private bus fell into the Sharda canal in Rampur police station area around 80 kms from the Sidhi district headquarters after its driver lost control over it.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed anguish over the incident and announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the deaths in a bus accident in MP’s Sidhi district and approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
PM @narendramodi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the bus accident in Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 16, 2021