Most of the victims were women and over 40 years of age. Those critically injured were being shifted to Karimnagar and Hyderabad for better treatment.
HELPLINE: 8004254247 is the number of hospital in Jagtyal for details.
The bus belonging to Jagtyal depot of the state-owned road transport corporation was on the way to Kondagattu carrying 87 pilgrims, when the mishap occurred. Senior officials have rushed to the spot and the bodies are being retrieved from the valley. Rescue workers are rushing the injured to nearby hospitals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the incident.
The bus accident in Telangana’s Jagtial district is shocking beyond words. Anguished by the loss of lives. My thoug… https://t.co/H0wmehOAHU
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1536666106000
The victims were on their way to a hill top shrine when the mishap occurred. The shrine temple, dedicated to Sri Anjaneya Swamy, is witnessing a huge rush of pilgrims these days.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also expressed condolences.
Pained by the loss of precious lives due to a bus accident at Kondagattu ghat road in Jagtial district of Telangana… https://t.co/6wLCBGP80q
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1536666636000
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has expressed deep shock over the incident.
I’m sorry to hear about the death of over 40 pilgrims in a road accident in Jagtial, Telangana. Congress party work… https://t.co/D22nPNPTek
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1536667873000
According to reports, the bus overturned four times before it fell into the gorge. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed grief over the incident. He directed officials to provide better medicare to the injured.
Jagityal district SP Sindhu Sharma and district collector Sharath have rushed to the spot. Karimnagar in-charge minister Eatala Rajender has been directed by the chief minister to go the spot to oversee rescue operations.
Meanwhile, the government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of those who have lost lives in the accident.