A vehicle carrying 30 people, including 28 pilgrims, plunged into a canyon in Uttarakhand, killing 26 people and seriously injuring 4 others.
The accident happened on June 5 when the car was on its way from the Panna district in central Madhya Pradesh to Yamunotri, a pilgrimage site for Hindus in northern Uttarakhand.
“The bus was on its way to Yamunotri with 29 passengers and driver on board,” a police officer in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand said today. “The injured were taken to a nearby medical facility.”
The accident killed 26 people and rescued 4 people in critical condition. Home Minister Amit Shah announced on Twitter that the National Disaster Relief Force had been deployed to join the rescue effort shortly after the accident.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraij Singh Chouhan said Indian Air Force planes had been arranged to bring the bodies of the victims home.
Uttarakhand has beautiful natural beauty and some of the holiest places in Hinduism, welcoming millions of pilgrims every year. However, the mountain road network is poorly maintained and very dangerous.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced compensation of 200,000 Indian rupees ($2,575) to the families of each of those killed in the accident. The injured will each receive 50,000 rupees ($644).
Xuanle (follow Reuters, Al Jazeera, ANI)