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37 People Dead After Bus Falls Into Canal In Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister’s office, tweeting about the unfortunate incident, announced a relief of ₹ 2 lakh for the families of those who’ve died.

In Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district, about 560 km from state capital Bhopal, at least 37 people have died after a bus fell off a bridge into a canal this morning.

The driver lost control of the vehicle at around 7:30 AM. More than 50 people were reportedly on board. District police superintendent Dharamveer Singh, as per news agency AFP, said:  “We have found 37 bodies and they have been sent for autopsy.” Sixteen women, one child and 20 men were killed in the accident.

The rescue operations started in the morning by the team of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), along with other officials concerned, and went on for more than five hours. Sixteen women, one child and 20 men were killed in the accident.

Prime Minister’s office, tweeting about the unfortunate incident, announced a relief of ₹ 2 lakh for the families of those who’ve died.

“Bus accident in MP’s Sidhi is horrific. Condolences to the bereaved families. The local administration is actively involved in rescue and relief work,” the PMO said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan also tweeted about the accident.

“What has happened is extremely tragic. Families of those who have died will be given a compensation of ₹ 5 lakh. The entire state is standing with those affected,” Mr Chauhan said in a video message.

 

The Madhya Pradesh government cancelled a key event in view of the accident. It was to be virtually attended by Home Minister Amit Shah. The event was to be held at 11 AM for the beneficiaries of over one lakh houses constructed in Madhya Pradesh under the centre’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

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