Rescue operation continues despite bad weather
Amidst nation-wide grief and sorrow, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has resumed its rescue operation Sunday morning to retrieve bodies from the accident site near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra’s Raigad district where a bus fell into a gorge yesterday. Twenty-five bodies, out of 33 killed in the accident, have been recovered so far.
According to reports, heavy rains seriously hampered the rescue efforts while poor connectivity in remote hilly area also caused delay in providing help on Saturday.
Thirty-four staff members of Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth at Dapoli in Raigad district in Maharashtra, on a picnic, were killed when the bus they were travelling in skidded off the road and rolled down 500-ft deep gorge at Ambenali Ghat near Poladpur town.
The lone survivor, Prakash Sawant, said mud and loose stones on that particular stretch of the ghat road caused the bus tyres to skid. He said, “The bus veered to the left and fell into the gorge before we could understand what was happening. Trees arrested the fall some way down. I had managed to jump out in time. I climbed my way up somehow.”
When he reached the road, he saw a crowd of people running towards the ill fated bus. He said, “One of them gave me a mobile phone. I called up the police control room and informed them.”
He told that originally 40 people were supposed to join the trip but due to bus being small some of them opted out at the last moment.
Pained by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Maharashtra's Raigad district. My condolences to those who lost their loved ones: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 28, 2018
Pained to know about the loss of lives in Mahabaleshwar bus accident.Administration taking all efforts to provide required assistance.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 28, 2018
Senior officials&emergency management systems in place.
My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones&prayers for speedy recovery of injured.
Mahabaleshwar, a hill station is located in the Sahyandri mountain range in Satara district. It has one of the few evergreen forests in India. The town served as the summer capital of Bombay province, during British Raj. There are various tourist attractions, especially five temples to see, with examples of old Indian architecture.