Dozens useless after bus plunges into canal in central India

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Police say no less than 37 passengers killed after a bus fell off a bridge right into a canal in Madhya Pradesh state.

At least 37 passengers have been killed after a bus fell off a bridge right into a canal within the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police instructed AFP information company.

“We have so far found 37 bodies and they have been sent for autopsy. Search and rescue operations are under way,” District Police Superintendent Dharamveer Singh stated on Tuesday.

The bus carrying greater than 50 passengers plunged into the canal at approximately 7:30am (02:30 GMT) native time in Sidhi district, about 560km (347 miles) from the state capital Bhopal, in line with native media stories.

The State Disaster Response Force and different officers have been working the rescue operation. So far seven folks have been rescued.

Local media reported the bus was utterly submerged, and pictures confirmed officers in orange life jackets utilizing rescue boats to search for survivors.

Local officers stopped the discharge of water into the canal, which sped up the rescue operations and allowed two cranes to tug the bus out, stories stated.

“What has happened is extremely tragic. The entire state is standing with those affected,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

He introduced a compensation of Rs 500,000 ($6,875) to the households of these killed within the accident.

India has the world’s deadliest roads, with 151,113 folks killed in accidents in 2019, a mean of 414 a day or 17 an hour, in line with a authorities report.

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