33 feared dead after bus falls into valley in Maharashtra’s Raigad district

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.

President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed grief at the tragic incident, adding that rescue operations are underway.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi appealed to Congress workers to provide all possible assistance to the injured and families of those who have died.

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Updated: July 28, 2018 — 2:04 pm