20 killed after bus falls into water-logged ditch in Pakistan's Sindh

Published on Nov 18, 2022 01:44 PM IST

Pakistan Accident: The bus "fell into a water-filled ditch on a road swept away by floods this summer", local police official Khadim Hussain told AFP.

Pakistan Accident: A policeman stands beside a damaged passenger mini bus. (AFP)
Pakistan Accident: A policeman stands beside a damaged passenger mini bus. (AFP)
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At least 20 people were killed and 14 others injured when a minibus crashed into a deep, water-logged ditch in southern Pakistan, police said Friday.

Pakistan has the world's third-highest death rate from road accidents, a dire record blamed on decrepit highways and reckless driving.

Late Thursday in Sindh province, the bus "fell into a water-filled ditch on a road swept away by floods this summer", local police official Khadim Hussain told AFP.

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"The driver could not see the diversion sign on the road and so the van plunged into a 25-feet deep ditch."

Pakistan was lashed by record monsoon rains this year that put a third of the country underwater, displaced eight million people and battered its already crumbling infrastructure.

Credible research has linked the catastrophic flooding to climate change.

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