Vijayawada: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 15 February, approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of victims who died in the Kurnool road accident.

The Prime Minister's Office tweeted, "An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the unfortunate road accident in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured."

At least 14 people were killed and four children severely injured when a speeding truck hit a minivan near Madapuram under Veldurthi mandal in Kurnool district in the wee hours of Sunday. Among the dead were eight women, five men, and a child. They were on a pilgrimage to Ajmer from Madanapalle in Chittoor district.

There were 18 people in the minivan at the time of the accident. Locals rushed to the spot and rescued four children who were later admitted to the local hospital for treatment. A case was registered and the dead bodies shifted to the mortuary for postmortem.

It may be recalled that four people died on the spot and over 20 people suffered injuries when a tourist bus from Telangana plunged into a gorge on Araku ghat road in Vizag Agency on Friday night.

While the Prime Minister has approved an ex-gratia for the victims of a truck accident in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, which took place on Monday, no ex-gratia was announced for the victims of the Araku accident.

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