Many from Delhi-NCR killed as tempo on way to Uttarakhand falls into river near tourist hub

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) promptly initiated rescue and relief operations following the tragic incident in Rudraprayag
Rescue operation underway after a vehicle fell into a gorge in Uttarakhands Rudraprayag, Saturday, June 15, 2024.
Rescue operation underway after a vehicle fell into a gorge in Uttarakhands Rudraprayag, Saturday, June 15, 2024.Photo | PTI

DEHRADUN: At least 14 tourists from Delhi-NCR were killed after a tempo traveller fell into a deep gorge near Ratauli on the Badrinath highway, five km ahead of Rudraprayag city in Uttarakhand.

Ten others were injured in the accident, some of whom are in critical condition.

Search is on for four of the 26 persons in the ill-fated vehicle. Five seriously injured tourists have been airlifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh, out of which two succumbed to their injuries.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) promptly initiated rescue and relief operations following the tragic incident in Rudraprayag at approximately 11:45 am on Saturday.

SDRF Commandant Manikant Mishra informed The New Indian Express, "Two SDRF teams are actively involved in the ongoing rescue and relief efforts. The injured were transported to the hospital, and the remains of 12 victims have been successfully retrieved".

According to information obtained from sources, there were 26 tourists on board the tempo traveler, who had set out from Delhi and Haryana to visit the popular tourist destination of Chopta. It is reported that three individuals working on the railway line here jumped in to save them, resulting in one of them losing their life.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered an inquiry into the accident, describing the accident as very tragic. Local authorities, in collaboration with SDRF teams, are actively engaged in relief and rescue operations. The injured individuals have been swiftly taken to nearby medical facilities for essential treatment. The Rudraprayag District Magistrate has been tasked with conducting a thorough investigation into the incident.

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