38 pilgrims dead in Western Nepal bus accident

At least 35 people have died after a bus ferrying Bol Bam pilgrims fell into the Gandak canal in Triveni of Nawalparasi on Sunday‚ July 15‚ 2012. 15 Jul, 2012( Photo: The HImalayan Times)

NAWALPARASI: Number of passengers that died in Nawalparasi bus accident on Sunday has reached 38. The bus carrying Indian pilgrims reeled into Gandak Canal at Triveni Susta VDC of Nawalparasi district this afternoon.

Police personals involved in the rescue work have informed that most of the dead are Indian citizens. The bus (Lu 1 Kha 2356) was carrying more than hundred pilgrims when it fell into the canal.

Search for the one dozen missing pilgrims is still on. Police has dried up the canal for easing the rescue work. The victims, hailing from bordering Indian town of Jhulneri, were heading to Triveni to participate in the Bol Bam religious gathering there.

Of the dead, bodies of 25 women, 12 males and the bus driver has been recovered from the canal. Officials involved in the rescue have expressed fear that the toll could rise even more.

Quoting four of the survivors who were able to save themselves by swimming across the canal, police nformed that the driver was drunk and could not control the overloaded bus.

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