Thirty-three people are feared dead after a bus fell into a 500 feet deep valley near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra’s Raigad district at around 12.30 pm on Saturday.
The accident spot is at the boundary of Raigad-Satara district.
The bus started from Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth in Dapoli town this morning.
SP Anil Paraskar said the passengers were on their way to Mahabaleshwar for a picnic, when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn and fell into the valley.
The accident came to notice after one of the injured passengers managed to climb up and alerted the authorities.
National Disaster Relief Fund teams from Pune were en route to help villagers and others involved in search and rescue operation.
Rescue efforts were severely hampered by heavy rains lashing the Western Ghats, besides poor connectivity in the remote hills in the area.
The Maharashtra government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased. The government will also bear the medical expenses of the injured.
Office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended condolences to the relatives of deceased.
Pained by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Maharashtra’s Raigad district. My condolences to those who lost their loved ones: PM @narendramodi
PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 28, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed grief at the tragic incident, adding that rescue operations are underway.
Extremely saddened to learn about the tragic bus accident in Raigad, Maharashtra. Rescue efforts are on to help affected people. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured #PresidentKovind
President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 28, 2018
Congress president Rahul Gandhi appealed to Congress workers to provide all possible assistance to the injured and families of those who have died.
I’m sorry to hear about the terrible bus accident in Raigad, Maharashtra in which a large number of people have been killed and many others injured. I appeal to Congress party workers in the area to provide all possible assistance to the injured & families of those who have died.
Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 28, 2018