23 children die in India when school bus plunges into gorge

Kangra Bus Tragedy No Cultural Programme in Himachal Pradesh Government Functions for 10 Days

An investigation has been launched after 27 people, a lot of them children, died when a school bus fell into a gorge in a mountainous region of India.

The bus was ferrying the children home about 4 p.m.in the Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, according to Santosh Patial, superintendent of police.

At least 27 children have died after a school bus plunged 200ft (60m) into a gorge in the Himalayan foothills in India. The bus, owned by the Ram Singh Memorial Public School, was carrying 40-45 people.

Eyewitnesses said the driver, who was among the dead, lost control on a sharp curve and fell into the 200-feet deep gorge at Cheli village, some 300 km from the state capital Shimla.

The state government has announced 500,000 rupees ($7,700) in compensation for each victim's family. The bus was transporting children, all below the age of 13, who were studying at a private school in Nurpur town, 60km (37 miles) south of Dharamsala. "I have spoken with the Chief Secretary, Director General and Deputy Commissioner".




Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in the accident.

Photo Injured children were taken to a nearby hospital by local residents.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor along with local legislator Rakesh Pathania and Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar have reached Kangra to supervise rescue and relief operations.

"Extremely saddened to learn about the tragic school bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh".

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