At least 27 people have been reported dead due in a fire in Bihar’s Motihari. As per initial inputs, 27 people are still trapped in the bus. The bus first met an accident and overturned before catching fire. Rescue operations are on. The bus was going to Delhi from Muzaffarpur. The incident took place near Bagra on NH 28 at Kotwa.
Speaking to PTI, Bihar Disaster Management department minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav confirmed that at least 20 people have died in the accident.
“It is a really sad incident. There is a provision to give compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of dead in such cases and it will be given,” Yadav added.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has also expressed grief over the incident. “It is a really painful incident, local administration officials are present at the spot. We will extend all possible help to the families of those who died,” he was quoted as saying by the ANI.
Some reports said that rescue work at the accident site has been affected due to heavy rain in the area. Injured have been taken to nearby Sadar Hospital. Some senior officials have also reached the hospital to take stock of the situation.
The accident comes a month after 10 people, including two women, and as many children, were killed when a bus skidded off an elevated highway here. The accident occurred near Bhanaspatti village. It was reported that the bus was heading towards the adjoining town of Muzaffarpur.
The accident took place on NH when the bus skidded and came crashing down from the top the highway.