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31 killed in Nepal road accident

world Updated: Mar 18, 2010 22:48 IST

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The death toll in Nepal's road accident after a crowded bus plunged into a river in western Dailekh district today touched 31, with several others still missing.

In the worst road accident in Nepal this year, media reports said at least 31 people were confirmed dead and several others still missing as the bus plunged in the fast-flowing mountain river.

The tragedy took place at Pipalkot village, about 400 kilometres west of the capital.

So far, the rescue team have recovered 25 bodies - six of women and four children, the Kantipur online said in Kathmandu.

There were approximately 60 passengers on board the bus at the time of accident. Some of the critically injured were airlifted to Nepalgunj for treatment.

On March 10, at least ten people were killed and a dozen others injured when a jeep in a marriage party plunged into a 150-metre deep gorge in Tanahu district of western Nepal.