56 dead after bus plunges into lake in MP
Initial investigation suggested the steering on the bus may have broken before the vehicle crashed.india Updated: Oct 20, 2006 10:21 IST
Fifty-six people, including 15 children, drowned when their bus plunged into a lake in Madhya Pradesh, police officials said on Friday.
First reports on Thursday had put the toll at 40 dead in Rewa district, 530 kilometres (330 miles) east of the Madhya Pradesh state capital Bhopal.
But after divers completed search operations, police superintendent Ravi Gupta told that only seven passengers had managed to swim to safety and 56 had perished.
Seventeen women were among the dead, he said.
The initial investigation suggested the steering on the bus may have broken before the vehicle crashed through a mud barrier into the water.