Dozens dead after bus plunges into canal in central India | India News

Police say at least 37 passengers killed after a bus fell off a bridge into a canal in Madhya Pradesh state.

At least 37 passengers have been killed after a bus fell off a bridge into a canal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police told AFP news agency.

“We have so far found 37 bodies and they have been sent for autopsy. Search and rescue operations are under way,” District Police Superintendent Dharamveer Singh said on Tuesday.

The bus carrying more than 50 passengers plunged into the canal at approximately 7:30am (02:30 GMT) local time in Sidhi district, about 560km (347 miles) from the state capital Bhopal, according to local media reports.

The State Disaster Response Force and other officials have been running the rescue operation. So far seven people have been rescued.

“What has happened is extremely tragic. Rescue work is already on,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

He announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 ($6,875) to the families of those killed in the accident.


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