23 feared dead after bus falls into valley in Maharashtra's Mahabaleshwar

23 feared dead after bus falls into valley in Maharashtra's Mahabaleshwar

NDRF teams have been rushed for rescue operation.

As many as 33 persons were killed after a bus fell into a gorge in Ambenali Ghat near Poladpur town in Raigad district around Saturday noon.

The people onboard the bus were, reportedly, employees of an agricultural university in Maharashtra.

Early this month, 48 people were killed and 11 injured when an overcrowded bus spun off a slippery road and fell into a deep ravine in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Rescue teams had so far recovered almost a dozen bodies amid intermittent rains in the area. A dozen ambulances and 15 doctors have also reached the spot, Additional SP Sanjay Patil said. Police said that the accident took place at around 9 AM today when the driver lost control of the bus.

"All the passengers were travelling and chitchatting with each other while crossing the ghat section", Prakash Sawant-Desai, the lone survivor in the accident, told The Times of India. Only one passenger, who was thrown out from a window of the bus, was saved in the accident.

The Maharashtra government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

The agriculture university’s staffers who met with the tragic accident
The agriculture university’s staffers who met with the tragic accident

All the bus passengers were staff of the Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth at Dapoli in Raigad district.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the government was making all efforts to provide required assistance.

Only one passenger is believed to have survived the accident in Raigad district of Maharashtra state. "Senior officials & emergency management systems in place", Fadnavis tweeted".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to express condolences on the Raigad bus tragedy.

Gandhi tweeted, "I'm sorry to hear about the bad bus accident in Raigad, Maharashtra, in which a large number of people have been killed".

"Pained to know about the loss of lives in Mahabaleshwar bus accident".

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