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J&K: 16 killed as Amarnath Yatra bus falls into gorge

A man who was injured after a bus he was travelling in skidded off a mountain road and fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir?s Ramban district is rushed to a hospital for treatment in Jammu July 16, 2017. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 16, 2017, 09.34 AM (IST)

At least 16 people were killed when a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims met with an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Sunday. 27 others were injured in the accident.

As many as 19 injured have been airlifted by the army and have been taken to the hospital for treatment, ANI reported. According to ANI, the bus fell into a gorge on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district. Rescue operations are underway at the site. 

Inspector General of Police, Jammu, SD Singh Jamwal, said most passengers were from Rajasthan and Bihar. 




Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakhs for next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured in the accident. 

The incident comes just days after militants attacked an Amarnath pilgrim bus, killing 8 and injuring 32. 

Helpline numbers: 0191-2560401 and 0191-2542000.

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