At least 30 people lost their lives after a bus carrying 54 passengers fell into a canal in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district on Tuesday morning. According to Madhya Pradesh Minister Tulsi Silawat, 30 bodies have been recovered so far and 20 people are still missing.
“It is an unfortunate incident. CM has been taking a minute to minute detail of the accident since morning. Two of us are going to Sidhi as per his instructions. I spoke to concerned officers, as per their information around 30 bodies have been recovered,” Silawat said.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed anguish over the incident and announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.
Police said that the bus was enroute to Rewa from Sidhi when the mishap occurred. Reports suggest that the driver lost control over the vehicle and it fell into the Sharda canal under the Rampur police station area.
“There is water in the canal and the bus has been submerged in it. Search is on for passengers,” a police official told news agency IANS.