In the early hours of Tuesday, a bus carrying around 54 passengers plunged into a 30-foot deep canal in India after the driver lost control. According to locals, the incident took place at 7:30 am when the bus was going from the town of Sidhi to Satna village.
Locals from a nearby village rushed to the site to rescue people trapped in the bus. The bus has been removed with a crane along with 32 bodies, and many passengers are still reportedly missing.
Saddened by the disaster, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has expressed his sorrow in a video message posted on Twitter and has also announced a compensation of $6,870 to the families of the deceased.
सीधी में आज नहर में बस गिरने से बहुत दुखद दुर्घटना हुई है। सात लोग तो सुरक्षित निकल गए थे।
सुबह से ही राहत और बचाव के कार्य प्रारंभ कर दिये गये थे। कलेक्टर, एसपी, कमिश्नर, आईजी सहित एसडीआरएफ की टीम आवश्यक संसाधनों के साथ वहां तत्काल पहुंच गई थी। pic.twitter.com/MTTCOkyWix
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) February 16, 2021