Thursday, August 12, 2010

5 killed, 25 injured in Nagaland bus mishap

In a tragic incident, 5 persons were killed on the spot and 24 others were injured when a bus under the Nagaland state transport rolled down at Chetheba in Phek district early Wednesday. Five of the critically injured persons were airlifted to Kohima and Dimapur for better treatment. At least five passengers were killed and 15 others injured early Wednesday when their bus turned turtle and fell down a deep gorge near Chetheba in Nagaland's Phek district. The five persons died on the spot. The NST bus was coming from Zunehboto to Dimapur and met with the accident when negotiating a sharp turn at about 2.30 am. The injured has been admitted to Chetheba Government hospital. The ill-fated bus bearing registration number NL11-1247 started its journey at 5 PM on Tuesday. The bus had 29 passengers and 2 drivers. The dead included two women. As the mishap occurred during the night, therefore, no immediate help could be provided. But as soon as the dawn broke, local people, rescue teams from the district administration and local NGOs provide all help to the injured passengers. Nagaland Parliamentary secretary P Bako Phom, who is in charge of the transport department rushed to the spot immediately and monitored the rescue operations. Other two parliamentary secretaries Dr CK Nihose and Chopisuh Sazo also went there. Later, five critically injured passengers were airlifted to kohima and Dimapur respectively. Those airlifted to Dimapur included 3 women. Meanwhile, the Nagaland state Transport has ordered an inquiry into how the mishap occurred. Though the state government has not announced any ex-gratia so far, he administration has given Rs 15,000 to the kin of the deceased for performing the last rites.


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