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Modi condoles Uttarakhand accident victims

New Delhi, July 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief over the death of 45 people who were killed after a bus fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district. “Extremely saddened by the bus accident in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet. “I pray the injured recover at the earliest. Rescue operations are underway and authorities are providing all possible assistance at the accident site.” At least 45 people were killed after a bus fell into a 60-metre gorge in Uttarakhand at about 9 a.m., near the Queens Bridge on the Pipli-Bhaun road when the driver lost control of the 28-seater bus which was headed to Ramnagar from Bhaun. Eight injured people were rushed to nearby medical facilities. Of the injured, four were in “very critical” condition. (IANS)