At least 35 people, including many women, have been killed in an accident in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district today, when a bus carrying around 54 passengers fell into a canal after the driver lost control.
Several passengers were missing when the reports last came in after the bus fell into a canal near Patna village in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district on Tuesday morning.
At least seven persons swam to safety after the bus landed into the canal near Patna village, around 80 kms away from the Sidhi district headquarter, around 8:30 am.
As per sources, 50 passengers were travelling in the bus at the time of the accident. According to eyewitnesses, the bus sunk in the canal and not visible. It is feared that the bus was swept away in the water current.
State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) and divers have reached the spot in Sidhi. Water from Bansagar canal is being released into Sihawal Canal to lower its water level for the rescue operation.
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken cognisance of the matter and has spoken to the district collector asking him to quicken rescue and relief operations.
सीधी में आज नहर में बस गिरने से बहुत दुखद दुर्घटना हुई है। सात लोग तो सुरक्षित निकल गए थे।— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) February 16, 2021
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