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22 dead after bus falls into gorge in Uttarkashi

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At least 22 people have died and six have been people injured after a bus carrying pilgrims fell into a gorge near Damta in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand on Sunday, news agency ANI reported quoting MoS Home Nityanand Rai. 

The bus was carrying 28 passengers from Panna district in Madhya Pradesh to Yamunotri. Senior officials, including Uttarkashi District Magistrate Abhishek Ruhela, have rushed to the spot. Further information is awaited.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. He tweeted, “Local admin & SDRF teams engaged in rescue work. Injured being taken to a hospital for treatment. NDRF reaching soon.”

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the injured in a bus accident in Uttarakhand

Besides, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also tweeted about the incident, saying, “The death of pilgrims, from Panna district, after their bus fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand, is unfortunate. Our team is in constant touch with the Uttarakhand government. Arrangements being done for the treatment of injured & to bring back the dead.”

Yamunotri along with the shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri are commonly known as Char Dham.

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