In a tragic accident in Uttarakhand, 24 people were killed and 8 others injured when a bus carrying 29 people from Uttarkashi to Gangotri fell into a gorge above the Bhagirathi River on Tuesday.

As per reports, the minibus full of pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh was returning from the Hindu shrine Gangotri in Uttarakhand when it fell into a 150-feet deep gorge near Nalupani in Uttarkashi district.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, who initiated a quick rescue operation, said that the bus was hanging on a rock 50-feet above the Bhagirathi River. All the injured have been admitted to the Community Health Centre at Chinyalisaud, an official said.

“Accident happened at around 1800 hrs today (Tuesday). More casualties feared. Fast flow of Bhagirathi river and darkness hampering rescue ops,” said ITBP.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has condoled the loss of lives in the mishap and has announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to those injured in the accident.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the Uttarkashi bus accident.

Officials have been asked to identify danger zones on routes of the annual ‘Chaar Dham Yatra’, put up speed monitors, safe turn warnings as well as to put up crash barriers.

Here are the Helpline numbers for more information on Uttarkashi bus accident:

DCR Uttarkashi: 9411112976
Range Office Dehradun: 0135-2716201


(With IANS inputs)