Sirmaur, 7 April-2014(IANS): At least 17 people were killed Monday when their overloaded mini-bus rolled…
Kullu(Swadesh News): At least 40 people are feared to have died, after a bus carrying tourists fell into a gorge in Kullu, in Himachal Pradesh.
According to a local daily – North Gazette, 40 passengers have drowned, while another 20 were injured. The bus was carrying 60 passengers, ANI reported. Only 18 persons could be rescued and five bodies were fished out from the river Parvati so far. A massive search operation was underway to trace other missing persons.
The bus fell into the Parvati River. There is still no clarity on whether the driver lost control due to a brake failure or if the bus was speeding.
Himachal Pradesh recently witnessed heavy rains that washed away several roads in Kullu following the flash floods. The heavy downpour also has triggered several landslides in the region.
Deputy Commissioner Kullu Rakesh Kanwar, who along with a team of civil and police officers reached the spot immediately after the tragedy, said that the driver lost control of the vehicle before it plunged into the river. Conductor Raj Kumar, who is among the survivors admitted at Kullu regional hospital, informed the police that the bus was filled to capacity and all the persons were on pilgrimage to Manikaran as part of a package tour . “All medical and rescue teams are at the spot. We have formed teams from the home guards and police to trace the missing persons. The locals have also joined the search operation. Some trained rescue personals have also been deployed,” Rakesh Kanwar said.