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42 dead as bus falls into canal in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi, PM Narendra Modi Announces Ex-Gratia
A total of 18 bodies have been fished out of the Bansagar canal until now
At least 42 people were killed after a passenger bus on its way to Satna fell into a canal on Tuesday. The bus was carrying around 54 passengers at the time of the mishap. As per the reports of the ANI, the driver of the vehicle lost control over it, resulting in the accident. The ill-fated bus was going from Sidhi to Satna. As per the reports of ANI, SDRF and divers have reached the spot. Water from the Bansagar canal is being released into Sihawal Canal to lower its water level for the rescue operation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the “horrific” bus accident in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district and approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives. PM Modi said, “The bus accident in MP’s Sidhi is horrific. Condolences to the bereaved families. The local administration is actively involved in rescue and relief work.”
A total of 18 bodies have been fished out of the Bansagar canal until now, said Umesh Joga, Inspector General (Rewa zone). “At least 20 other passengers are feared missing, and a search and rescue operation is underway,” he told reporters. Joga said seven persons swam to safety after the bus landed into the canal near Patna village, around 80 kms away from the Sidhi district headquarter, around 8:30 AM.
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also taken cognisance of the matter. He has spoken to District Collector asking him to quicken the operation.
Moreover, he directed authorities to stop the water outflow from the Bansagar dam so that the water level in the canal can go down, which will aid in rescue operations.
He tweeted that teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and local authorities were conducting rescue operations at the spot. Without specifying the number of the deceased, the chief minister said many “precious lives” were lost in the accident.