Madhya Pradesh: 45 killed as bus falls into canal; PM Modi, Amit Shah express condolences

Sidhi: The number of people who died after a bus drowned in a canal has reached 45, Rewa range IG Umesh Joga said. The bus was carrying over 40 passengers that fell into a canal in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district on Tuesday morning.

Expressing his grief over the bus accident, Home Minister Amit Shah said he has spoken to the state Chief Minister and all possible help for rescue operation is being provided. About 35 bodies have been recovered so far.

"The bus accident in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district is very sad, I have spoken to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The local administration is providing all possible help for relief and rescue. I express my deepest condolences to the relatives of the dead and wish the injured to get well soon," Shah tweeted.

"Bus accident in MP’s Sidhi is horrific. Condolences to the bereaved families. The local administration is actively involved in rescue and relief work," Prime Minister Modi's office said in a tweet.

"PM @narendramodi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the bus accident in Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured," the PMO said.

A team of two ministers will go to the bus incident site after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called a meeting to discuss the incident.

District administration said that 40 bodies have been recovered so far. While 37 were recovered from the bus, two were found floating in the canal and one died in the hospital.

"The canal is quite deep. We have stopped the water from the dam and sent relief and rescue teams. The team of Collector, Superindent of Police (SP), and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are there. Efforts are being made to remove the bus," said Chouhan. He mentioned, "I am in touch with the team doing relief and rescue operations. Seven passengers have been saved."

"The 'Grah Pravesh' program with great enthusiasm in 1 lakh 10 thousand houses was planned to be completed by today, but at 8 am, I got to know that the bus filled with passengers had fallen in the Bansagar canal in Sidhi district. It would not be appropriate to have the program today," Chouhan added.

Former Cabinet Minister Tulsi Silawat said, "It is an unfortunate incident. Chief Minister has been taking a minute-to-minute detail of the accident since morning." A bus carrying nearly 57 passengers fell into a canal in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi on Tuesday morning after the driver lost control.

(With ANI inputs)

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