Published On: Sat, Jul 28th, 2018

At least 32 killed as bus falls into Maharashtra’s Raigad ravine

Raigad (Maharashtra): A bus fell into a 200-feet-deep gorge in Ambenali Ghat in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Saturday morning, killing at least 32 people.

The accident came to notice after one of the injured passengers managed to climb up

The private bus was carrying nearly three dozen university staff that plunged into a ravine in Raigad district of Maharashtra, an official said.

Raigad Police Control official PD Patil said that around 35 staff of Konkan Agriculture University in Ratnagiri, including some women, were on way for a weekend picnic to popular tourist destinations of Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani when the bus fell 500 feet down into the ravine around 9 am near Poladpur.

Though the NDRF teams have been rushed for rescue operation, the efforts were severely hampered by heavy rains lashing the Western Ghats, besides poor connectivity in the remote hills in the area.

“As per preliminary information, at least 10 bodies have been recovered and efforts are underway to rescue others or retrieve more bodies,” Patil said.

The accident came to notice after one of the injured passengers managed to climb up and alerted the authorities.

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