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Uttarakhand: 14 people killed after tempo falls into gorge in Rudraprayag, PMO announces ex-gratia

A tempo traveller fell into a deep gorge near Badrinath Highway in Rudraprayag. Rescue work is being carried out by SDRF and Police team. As many as eight people have lost their lives in the accident.

Edited By: Shubham Bajpai New Delhi Updated on: June 15, 2024 19:37 IST
Tempo with 17 passengers onboard fell into a gorge near
Image Source : X/ ANI (SCREENGRAB) Tempo with 17 passengers onboard fell into a gorge near Badrinath-Rishikesh highway

In a tragic accident, a tempo traveller fell into a deep gorge near the Badrinath-Rishikesh national highway on Saturday which led to 14 casualties while 12 others were injured. The state police and SDRF team were on site carrying out a rescue operation.

A total of 17 people were travelling in the tempo, which was coming from Noida when the tragic accident happened in the Rudraprayag district. Giving details about the incident, IG Garhwal, Karan Singh Nagnyal earlier said, "Rudraprayag SP is on the spot...The tempo traveller was coming from Noida (UP) towards Rudraprayag...It fell into a 150-200 metre-deep gorge. 7 bodies have been recovered. 9 people were rushed to the hospital during which 1 of them died. The driver is very critically injured. So, it is not clear how many people were onboard the vehicle. Police, SDRF and local people are engaged in rescue operations...Rescue operation is underway."

CM Dhami reacts

State Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has consoled the deaths and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. Taking to X, Dhammi said, "Very sad news was received about a tempo traveler accident in Rudraprayag district. The local administration and SDRF teams are engaged in relief and rescue operations. The injured have been sent to the nearest medical center for treatment. The District Magistrate has been ordered to investigate the incident. I pray to God to grant the souls of the departed a place in His feet and provide strength to the bereaved family to bear this immense pain. I pray to Baba Kedar for the speedy recovery of the injured."

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand's former CM Harish Rawat has also reacted to the tragic incident. He said, "These kinds of incidents are increasing and this situation needs to be taken seriously."

The Chief Minister also met the injured ones at AIIMS Rishikesh. 

PM Modi announces ex-gratia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of each deceased.

"An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000," the PMO posted on X.

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