13 dead as bus headed to Pune falls into river Narmada in India’s Madhya Pradesh state

Baku, July 18, AZERTAC

Thirteen people have died after a Maharashtra government bus plunged into river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh state of India today, India's news network NDTV reported.

13 people have been rescued.

The bus, which was headed to Pune from Indore, skidded off a slippery road and fell into the river after breaking the railing off a bridge in Khalghat area of Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district on the Agra-Mumbai Highway.

The bus departed from Indore city around 7.30 am and was going to Amalner, officials said.

"The district administration team is present at the accident site. The bus has been removed. I am in constant touch with Khargone, Dhar district administration. Instructions have been given to make arrangements for proper treatment of the injured," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a tweet, expressing grief over the loss of lives in the accident.

As rescue operations continue, around 40 passengers could have been on board the bus. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been rushed to the spot, officials informed.

The bus, belonging to the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), has been retrieved amid heavy rainfall in the area, officials informed.

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