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21 killed as bus plunges into river in central Nepal

Kathmandu: Early on Friday, a packed passenger bus plunged into a river in central Nepal, killing 21 people, a senior local official said.

Rescuers recovered the dead bodies and help the injured people for first aid after the passengers bus plunged into the swelling Trishuli river, off the highway at Chandi Bhanjyang village, Chitwan district.

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District chief Binod Prakash Singh said that 21 people have died in the accident and 16 have been rescued. He added that within no time, the injured have been taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Singh said that rescuers were searching the area where the bus was still partially submerged to ensure that no passengers were stuck inside.

The bus was heading from the southern district of Rautahat to the tourist town of Pokhara.

On Nepal’s highway, accidents are common because of poor roads, reckless driving and badly maintained vehicles. The death tolls running into double figures are frequent.

Last week, around 25 people were killed, when a crowded bus veered off a hilly road in Kavre district, Nepal and the bus fell some 500 meters down a slope.

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