20 kids feared dead as school bus falls into gorge in India

20 kids feared dead as school bus falls into gorge in India

20 kids feared dead as school bus falls into gorge in India

The bus, which belonged to a private school, was carrying about 34 children, officials said.

Last year, 15 students died after their school bus collided with a truck.

Kangra SP Santosh Patial said that among those killed also included the 67-year-old driver Madan Lal and two women teachers.

The bus driver lost control near the edge of a 200-foot gorge in the Kangra Valley, roughly 300 miles north of New Delhi, police officer Sunil Kumar told NBC New York. The bus had barely crossed 6 km when the bus plunged into a gorge on the side of the road with such a great impact that much of the vehicle was crushed.

Lives are frequently lost in India's remote, mountainous northern reaches, where narrow hairpin turns cut paths into the steep Himalayan foothills. "I can't leave her body here like this", said her grieving father, Gulshan Thakur, who owns a shop in Khanorha village.

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"Rescue operation underway with the help of locals".

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among those mourned the deaths. "Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and with those injured", said Kovind in a statement posted on Twitter.

At least 13 seriously injured persons were rushed to a hospital in Pathankot where one of them succumbed to injuries, an official said.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has announced Rs 5 lakh for each of the families of the deceased and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

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