New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: At least 45 people were killed while 7 were rescued after a bus carrying 54 passengers fell off a bridge into a canal near Patna village in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district on Tuesday morning. A bus going from Sidhi to Satna, carrying around 54 passengers, fell into a canal in Sidhi after the driver lost control over it. 

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the unfortunate accident, while Rs 10,000 each has been given to them immediately. 

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi also approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the bus accident in Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh. Rs 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured, the Prime Minister's office said today.  

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed grief over the bus accident and said that he has spoken to the state Chief Minister and all possible help for the rescue operation is being provided.

"The bus accident in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district is very sad, I have spoken to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The local administration is providing all possible help for relief and rescue. I express my deepest condolences to the relatives of the dead and wish the injured to get well soon," Shah tweeted. 

A team of two ministers will go to the bus incident site after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called a meeting to discuss the incident. 

"The canal is quite deep. We have stopped the water from the dam and sent relief and rescue teams. The team of Collector, Superindent of Police (SP), and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are there. Efforts are being made to remove the bus," said MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, adding that 'he is in touch with the team doing relief and rescue operations'. 

Former Cabinet Minister Tulsi Silawat said, "It is an unfortunate incident. Chief Minister has been taking a minute-to-minute detail of the accident since morning. Two of us are going to Sidhi as per his (Chief Minister) instructions. I spoke to officers concerned, as per their information around 30 bodies have been recovered." 

The bus landed into the canal near Patna village, around 80 km away from the Sidhi district headquarter, around 8:30 am.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan