Thirty-two people have died in Tuesday’s bus accident in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district, officials said Wednesday as the rescue operation came to an end.
According to the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), a rescue team recovered 30 bodies and found 20 injured people, two of whom died on the way to a hospital.
The bus, part of a marriage procession, fell into the 500-metre-deep gorge at around 8 pm on Tuesday near Simdi village in Dhumakot area. The driver had lost control of the vehicle during a turn.
According to a statement issued by SDRF, the bus was on its way to Kandagaon from Laldhang in Haridwar.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, along with former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal, met the injured people at the Kotdwar Base Hospital on Wednesday. He said the government has made all arrangements to provide proper health facilities to them.
Dhami also thanked local residents who worked as first responders and helped the authorities after the accident. He directed the district administration to identify such people and provide them award money as a gesture of appreciation.
The Uttarakhand government has announced ex-gratia relief to all the affected families: Rs 2 lakh for death, Rs 1 lakh for serious injury and Rs 50,000 for less severe injury.