16 pilgrims dead after Amarnath Yatra bus rolls down into gorge in Ramban district of J&K

16 Amarnath pilgrims die as bus falls into gorge
At least 16 pilgrims died and 29 others suffered injuries when a bus carrying them on the Amarnath Yatra veered off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today, official sources said.
The incident occurred in the afternoon when  the bus, with registration number JK 02 Y 0594, carrying 45 pilgrims, fell into the Nachalana Nallah at Banihal, Jammu & Kashmir police sources said.
Police and other emergency personnel rushed to the spot and three Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters were deployed to airlift 18 of the seriously injured passengers to the Government Medical College & Hospital, Jammu while the remaining 11 with minor injuries were taken to Srinagar by road.
Those killed in the accident included 14 men and two women, the sources said.
Helpline numbers to enquire about the pilgrims involved in the accident include 0191-2560401 and 0191-2542000, an official press release said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident. "Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon," he added.
Mr. Modi also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the mishap and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who apprised him of the rescue efforts. He also spoke to Jammu & Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra, who had visited the site.


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