Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the accident in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha district, where at least four people were killed after falling into a 40-feet-deep well. Conveying his condolences, PM Modi announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh for the families of each victim who lost their lives in the accident.
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Four bodies have been recovered till now from inside the well in Ganj Basoda of Vidisha, about 100km north of Bhopal and reports indicate the death toll is likely to be higher. About 40 people, who gathered around it to watch the rescue of a 10-year-old boy, fell in on Thursday night after its boundary wall caved under their collective weight.
“Anguished by the tragedy in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. My condolences to the bereaved families. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives,” read a tweet posted on the official Twitter handle of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) India.
The rescue operation has now been on for over an entire day, with as many as 23 people of the Lalpathar village rescued so far, officials familiar with the development told HT. A high-level inquiry into the accident has been directed.
Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra said, “Teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are trying to rescue others but the operation has slowed down due to mudslide inside the well. Three JCB machines are being used to pull out mud from the well.”
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also announced an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh for the relatives of the deceased and ₹50,000 to those injured in the accident.