12 passengers identified in Mahad tragedy, five of a family among them

  • Kailash Korde and Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2016 15:53 IST
Two buses of the state-owned undertaking Jaigad-Mumbai and Rajapur-Borivali are suspected to have washed away in the flood (Ministry of Defence)

Twelve of the 17 passengers who are suspected to have been washed away in the flood with the two MSRTC buses, when a bridge near Mahad collapsed last night, have been identified. A family of five who live in the city are among them.

Two buses of the state-owned undertaking Jaigad-Mumbai and Rajapur-Borivali are suspected to have washed away in the flood. A total 21 passengers including four crew members were reportedly onboard of the buses.

Seven passengers were identified from the Jaigad-Mumbai bus that departed on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. Among the passengers identified, four are from same family and includes a girl child. A total nine passengers were travelling on the bus.

Sunil Bahikar, Snehal Sunil Bahikar, Dipali Krushna Bahikar, Anis Santosh Bahikar, Prashant Mane, Dhondu Kokare, Avinash Malap and Suhani Balekar are the names of the passengers identified.

Five persons from the Rajapur-Borivali bus have been identified as Atif Chaugule, Aved Chaugule, Balkrushna Varak, J. Bane and Bapu.

Five members of a family including an 11-year-old boy are missing after the bus they were travelling in fell into the river when the bridge gave away. The family was returning from Khandala.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Snehal Bahikar’s brother Sameer Balekar said the family had left from Raigad for Mumbai on Tuesday night around 11.30pm.

Snehal, 30, was accompanied by her husband Sunil, her sister Dipali, 28, and her brother-in-law Bhushan Bahikar. The families stay in the western suburbs in Mumbai.

“We heard of the bridge collapse in the morning. We have been trying to get in touch with them but we have not heard of anything except for the accident,” said Sameer adding that his family has left for Mahad where the mishap occurred.

Balekar is constantly trying to speak with the bus depot in the region from where the state transport bus departed. “They just told us that their bus is missing; they have got no update and are busy with the rescue operations,” Balekar said.

Both the men work in private companies in Mumbai. Snehal’s nephew Anil also tagged along with them on the trip.

Balekar said he did not speak to his sisters on Tuesday night as they were expecting them to be home by the afternoon.

The rescue teams have failed to find the buses even after 12 hours of the incident. Uptil now, the teams found only two dead bodies but they have not been identified yet. Some news channels reported that the belonging to one of the driver of MSRTC bus also found.

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