At least 33 passengers were killed and seven others are severely wounded, when the bus in which they were travelling fell into a 200-mt. deep gorge, in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The passengers were all employees of Konkan Agriculture University. They were on an excursion to Mahabhaleswar and Panchgani, in the western ghats. Police were alerted when one of the passengers managed to climb up the hill and informed them. Police, National Disaster Relief Forces (NDRF) and medical teams have rushed to the spot and took up rescue operations.