16 people die as bus falls into gorge in Himachal’s Kullu; PM Modi expresses grief

In what is called a horrific accident, at least 16 people, including several school children died after a private bus fell into a deep gorge  in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district on Monday. The incident is said to have taken place in Jangla area of Sainj valley on Neoli-Shansher road today at around 8 am. District administrative officials said there were at least 40 students onboard the bus when the tragic occurred.

The death toll may rise further. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg informed that the injured people have been rushed to local hospitals.  “10 people died after a bus rolled off a cliff in Jangla area of Sainj village on Neoli-Shansher road of Kullu district. Injured are being shifted to local hospitals and teams from Kullu are moved to the spot,” Garg said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the news of the tragic incident and announced a financial compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and Rs 50,000 to the families of those who sustained injuries. 

“The bus  accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh is heart-rending. In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Prime Minister Modi was quoted as said in a tweet.

“I hope those injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected,” he added.

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