Twelve killed as bus plunges into Nepal river
The bus was travelling to Kathmandu from Kakarvitta bordering Siliguri in West Bengal with at least 45 passengers.india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 19:37 IST
At least 12 passengers, including an Indian, were killed and seven others seriously injured when a bus plunged into a river in Dhading district in southwestern Nepal, police said on Wednesday.
The bus was travelling to Kathmandu from Kakarvitta bordering Siliguri in West Bengal with at least 45 passengers when it fell 150 metres down into the Trishuli river at Fajimtar area, some 65 kms west of Kathmandu, last evening.
Only five bodies have been recovered, police said adding, one of the two bodies identified so far belongs to an Indian national named Shushil Agrawal, who currently resides at Chhetrapati, Kathmandu.
The driver of the bus was also killed in the mishap, which took place when the bus was giving way to a jeep coming from opposite direction.
Another Indian, Bhagirath Sharma from Himachal Pradesh, is among the seven who sustained serious injuries and are being treated at the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu, police said.
According to reports, there were at least four Indians in the ill-fated bus.
The bus is still lying submerged in the river and police and army teams are carrying out rescue operations. Chances of finding any survivor more than 24 hours after the bus fell into the river are slim, police said.