Twenty-five people were killed when a bus carrying wedding passengers fell into a mountain gorge in Birokhal area of Pauri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand state, India, on Tuesday night. Police rescued 21 people alive in this incident. Four people are missing. There were 40 passengers in the bus.
According to an NDTV report, the bus fell into a 500 meter deep ditch on its way to a village. Rescuers rescued 21 people overnight. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital. Earlier, 10 trainee climbers died in an avalanche in Uttarakhand on Tuesday morning. 11 people are still missing in this incident. All of them are students of Nehru Mountaineering Institute, Uttar Kashi. This avalanche occurred at a height of about 16 thousand feet from the ground.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office described the accident as "heart-rending" and promised all help. "The bus accident in Pauri, Uttarakhand is heart-rending. In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those who have been injured recover at the earliest. Rescue operations are underway. All possible assistance will be provided to those affected," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted, quoting Indian PM Modi.