At least 25 people died and several others were injured in a bus accident at the Birokhal area of Dhumakot in Uttarakhand on Tuesday night. Reports said that the bus carrying 45 to 50 people fell into a gorge at Simdi village of Pauri Garhwal district.
Deputy General of Police Ashok Kumar said that 25 people were found dead in the bus accident that took place last night in the Birokhal area of Dhumakot. Police and SDRF rescued 21 people overnight; the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
The Uttarakhand Police also informed on Twitter that six people were admitted to the Birokhal hospital and one injured has been referred to the Kotdwar.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams mobilised for the accident spot. They tried their best to take all the facilities to the accident spot. Local villagers were helping in the rescue operations.
Haridwar SP City said that a wedding procession had left in a bus from here, Laldhang; an accident occurred. Information was being taken from the family members. A rescue operation was underway by Pauri Police and SDRF at the spot.
In a separate incident, at least 10 people died and several others were missing after an avalanche at Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak on Monday morning. Reports said that the avalanche had trapped at least 28 of 170 trainee mountaineers of Uttarakhand’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
The principal of the institute confirmed that 10 bodies have been recovered and 18 were missing out of 28 persons stranded after an avalanche. According to the local media reports, the avalanche hit the team at 9 am at an altitude of 16000 feet.
Journalist Manjeet Negi wrote that the avalanche struck them around 8 am today. The incident has taken place 50 km away from Uttarkashi. The mountaineers were part of the NIM expedition to Daruapadi ka Danda mountain peak.