Dozens dead after school bus plunges off cliff in Himalayas

Dozens dead after school bus plunges off cliff in Himalayas

Most of the children riding in the bus were believed to be in elementary school.

The bodies of 27 people have been recovered, including two staff members, a bus driver and another woman.

The bus was carrying children studying at a private school in Nurpur town, 300km (185 miles) from the state capital, Shimla.

Rescue work has been initiated and those injured are being admitted in nearby hospitals, said Sandeep Kumar, the deputy commissioner of Kangra district. The NDRF is deployed.

It is not clear what caused the accident to take place and local authorities have ordered an investigation into the crash.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the food and civil supplies minister had been sent to the spot. "I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident", said Modi in a statement posted on the official Twitter handle of the Prime Minister's Office.

Governor Acharya Devvrat and Union Health Minister JP Nadda also condoled the deaths in Kangra.

A schools bus fell down over the cliff in Himachal Pradesh, an India's state, as The Times of India reported.

Officials said the 11 injured included six children, four of whom were in the Nurpur hospital and two in Pathankot.

Eyewitnesses said the driver probably lost control over the vehicle which skidded into the gorge. Reckless driving, such as speeding, is blamed in many cases.

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