Today Breaking News, 39 pilgrims, mostly Indians have been killed when the bus carrying slipped off the road and plunged into a rain flooded river canal in Nepal’s southern district of Nawalparasi close to 150 km west of Kathmandu.
It has been reported that 70 to 80 passengers, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, were borded into the overcrowed bus that fell into the Gandak canal the Indo-Nepal border on Sunday.
The Police has recovered 39 bodies from the site, 36 were Indian, include 10 women, one girl child and 28 men, while no one know their identities. Out of them 10 injured are Indians and admitted in nearby hospitals in Nepal.
Official source reported that still rescue operations and relief efforts are underway. The chances of the death toll is expected to be rise as more than two dozen passengers are still missing.
Source said, bus was carrying passengers to a popular Hindu temple of Lord Shiva at Triveni to attend the Bolbam festival in south-west of Kathmandu.
As per Indian Embassy in Khatmandu, special teams with a medical doctor has also sent to site facilitates local authorities assistance to help in rescue operation. Beside this, a Control Room has been set up to provide information about Indian injured in bus accident. The contact number of the Control Room is 00-977-1-4412125 and 4411699 (extension 4109).
Major reason for bus accident is expected due to driver’s negligence who drank at time of driving. Other reports said overcrowding led to the accident. However, police investigate the matter.