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14 killed, 22 hurt after Delhi-bound bus falls into gorge in Almora

Almora: At least 14 persons were killed and 22 others injured when a bus of the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC), on its way to Delhi, fell into a deep gorge in the hills of Almora district this afternoon.

According to the Kumaon DIG Pushkar Sailal, the Delhi-bound bus of UTC, was carrying about 36 passengers, fell into a 100-ft deep george at Vill Thyadi near Dania, nearly 65 kms from Almora, killing 14 persons on the spot.

Rescue and search operation started immediately after the accident that took place around 1pm at village Thyadi in Bhanoli Tehsil, the district disaster management control room said.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat has expressed his grief at the loss of lives in the fatal accident and has announced ex gratia of Rs. 1 lakh to the next of the kin of 14 persons, Rs. 50,000 for those seriously hurt and Rs. 20,000 for those who have sustained minor injuries.

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