Sidhi (MP): At least 45 dead bodies have been recovered so far in the ongoing rescue operation in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district bus accident while agencies are still trying to find the missing passengers. As per sources, around seven managed to come ashore by swimming.
As per news, with 60 passengers on board the private bus – going from Sidhi to Satna – fell into the Sharda canal, which is about 560 km from state capital Bhopal, after the driver lost control of the vehicle at around 7:30 am.
As per Divisional commissioner, Rewa, Rajesh Kumar Jain, “A total of 45 bodies including 24 males, 20 females and a kid have been recovered so far. Search operation is still going on”.
According to eye witnesses, the bus completely sank into the water and was not visible for nearly three hours in the morning. However, later as the district administration stopped the release of water into the canal from the Banganga project, which brought down the water level, the bus could be located underneath water by divers, which was then pulled out using cranes, said sources.
Expressing grief over the incident, Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan released a video message and sent cabinet ministers Tulsi Silawat and Ramkhilawan Patel to the spot.
A team of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), along with other concerned officials, launched rescue operations in the morning, while doctors and ambulances were also rushed to the site, the Chief Minister said.
“What has happened is extremely tragic. Rescue work is already on. Two ministers – Water Resources Minister Tulsiram Silawat and MOS for Panchyat Ramkhelawan Patel – are on their way to the site in a state plane. Families of those who have died will be given a compensation of ₹ 5 lakh. The entire state is standing with those affected,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.
In view of the accident, the state government cancelled a key event which was to be virtually attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The Home Minister was scheduled to attend the event at 11 am for the beneficiaries of over one lakh houses constructed in Madhya Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
“Brothers and sisters, today we were very excited to hold this event for 1 lakh beneficiaries. But we got the tragic news of the Sidhi bus accident. Rescue operations are on. Please pray for the safety of the passengers. We are postponing the event. We will hold it on another day,” Mr Chouhan said, adding that he is “continuously monitoring the situation”.