Indian mission sends special teams for rescue, relief operations at Gandak Canal bus mishap site

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 14:40 hrs

The Indian High Commission on Sunday said that it has sent special teams, including a medical doctor, to the bus accident site in Nepal's Nawalparasi District to assist Nepalese authorities with relief and rescue operations.

A Ministry of External Affairs and a Indian High Commission of Nepal release also said that an information centre/control room has been established at the high commission in Kathmandu.

Following are the phone numbers of the information centre: 00-977-1-4412125 and 00-977-1-4411699, extn 4109.

The release further informed that Dileep Kumar, Executive Engineer, Main Western Gandak Canal (mobile No. 94314640410) has also reached the spot and is assisting with the relief work.

It said that authorities of Indian districts adjoining the border with nepal have also rushed to the spot, while Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) contingent deployed at the nearest border checkpost has also been mobilized to provide required assistance.

The emergency rescue and relief measures are being taken in the wake of a tourist passenger bus (registration no. Lu 1 Kha 2356), which was traveling to Triveni in Nepal met with an accident and plunged into the Gandak canal near Kudiya-6 of Nawalparasi District of Nepal near India-Nepal border.

The MEA and Indian High Commission release said that so far the Nepalese authorities have confirmed the recovery of 39 bodies. Of these 36 are reported to be Indian nationals. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are being recovered from the canal.

The release said the bus was carrying an unspecified number of passengers, including Indians hailing largely from Maharajgunj district of Uttar Pradesh via Gutti Parasunipath, Dhulinipul, Bihar to Triveni, Nepal.

The Nepalese authorities are coordinating the relief and rescue operations.

The release said the Gandak barrage flow has been restricted to facilitate rescue operations.

So far 27 persons have been rescued alive. Of these 10 are Indian nationals whose names are as follows:

1. Shobha Ram Bharti, Male, 35

2.Manori Chamar, M, 35

3.Jitendra Chamar, M, 20

4.Grijesh Khushwaha, M, 17

5. Shatrughan Khushwaha, M, 17

6. Binod Choudhary, M, 15

7. Dharam Devi Bharti, F, 20

8. Ranjeet Bharti, M, 25

9. Pooja Marada, F, 25

10. Noor Mohammed, M, 20

The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Nepal. Of the above, serial numbers one to five have been admitted to the Nawalparasi Hospital, while serial numbers six to ten have been taken to the Chaupata Hospital. (ANI)

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