At least 10 children killed and 10 others critically injured after a bus carrying 72 students fell into a 200-foot-deep ravine in Gujarat’s Dang district on Saturday evening.
The unfortunate accident took place between Mahal and Badripada forest area after the driver lost control of the bus. The police said that the children — students of classes I to X studying at a Surat coaching centre —were returning from Shabri Dham, a religious and tourist destination in the Dang, when the accident took place.
District officials said, While 60 students have been rescued and admitted to hospitals in Ahwa and Vyara, rescue operations are underway to find three missing students.”
Dr Suresh Pawar, Chief Medical Officer of Ahwa Civil Hospital, said, “Ten children have died in our hospital. Ten who are critically injured were shifted to a hospital in Surat.”
According to the sources, after hearing screams of the children some passerby informed forest officials and police. “Hundreds of villagers were involved in the rescue operation. With no light and poor mobile connectivity, those involved in the rescue operations were seen using their cellphone flashlights to spot the injured,” the sources added.
On December 8, at least eleven people were killed and 19 others injured after a passenger bus fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.