Bus fell into ditch in Madhya Pradesh: Death toll rises to 47
Published: 02:49 PM, 17 February 2021
The death toll from an accident as a bus fell into a ditch in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district has climbed to 47.
The bodies of 47 have been recovered from the canal, at least 20 of them are women. The rescue operation is still underway.
Rescue teams - State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) - are working at the spot.
The bus lost control of the bridge, 560 km from the state capital Bhopal, and fell into a ditch around 7:30 am local time on Tuesday. The death toll is expected to rise further.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described the accident as “horrific”.
Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences over the incident. He expressed sympathy and announced financial assistance of Rs 200,000 per family of the deceased. Besides, a grant of Rs 5 lakh is being given by the Madhya Pradesh government.