37 dead as bus plunges into canal in India
Published: 04:28 PM, 16 February 2021
At least 37 passengers have been killed when a bus plunged into a canal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
The accident took place when the bus carrying more than 50 passengers veered off the road and into the water near the village of Satna early on Tuesday morning, police said.
“We have so far found 37 bodies and they have been sent for autopsy. Search and rescue operations are underway,” said district police superintendent Dharamveer Singh.
Local media reported the bus was completely submerged, and images showed officials in orange life jackets using rescue boats to look for survivors. Seven people, including the driver, managed to swim to safety.
It was unclear what caused the bus to swerve, but India’s vast network of roads are poorly maintained and notoriously dangerous.
According to a government report, India has the world’s deadliest roads, with 151,113 people killed in accidents in 2019, an average of 414 a day or 17 an hour.