The bus was heading to Satna from Sidhi when the accident happened at around 8:30 am. All the passengers are said to be local villagers. Union HM Amit Shah and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed condolences. In an unfortunate incident, forty people were killed and many were reported missing after a bus fell into a canal in Sidhi district on Tuesday morning, said an official.
Over 60 passengers were on board when the bus fell into the canal. Rescue operations are underway. Police and a team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is conducting the rescue operation, said Sidhi Collector Ravindra Chaudhary. Of the 40 dead, 37 were removed from the bus while two bodies were found floating in the canal.
One person died in the hospital during the rescue operations. Expressing his grief over the bus accident in Madhya Pradeshâ€™s Sidhi, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said, he has spoken to the Chief Minister and all possible help for rescue operation is being provided. A team of two ministers will go to the bus incident site after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called a meeting to discuss the incident.