August 15, 2016
KATHMANDU: Scores of people died after a passenger bus veered off the road and plunged down in Khaharekhola, Birta Deurali of Kavrepalanchok district of central Nepal on Monday afternoon.
Police have already recovered 24 bodies of the victims, the Kavre District Police Office said. Earlier it was reported that, at least 28 had died in the accident.
The bus (Ba 3 Kha 106) was heading toward Madankudari of Kavre district from Kathmandu when it skidded around 150 metres down the road in the remote village, according to Sub-Engineer at the neighbouring Kattike Deurali VDC Office, Naresh Karki.
The incident occurred at around 1 pm today, he added.
Around 25 others have sustained injuries as the bus carrying more than 60 passengers fell off the road.
Locals and police personnel deployed from the Kattike Deurali Police Post are rescuing the injured.
The victims are yet to be identified.
Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Bal Krishna Panthi, Kavre District Police Office chief SP Rajesh Nath Banstola and District Chief of the National Investigation Department Dhan Bahadur Budhathoki have left the district headquarters Dhulikhel for the incident site.
At least three ambulances have also left the headquarters to rescue the injured.
The incident site in remote Koshipari region of the district is around 45 kilometres away from the district headquarters and around 75 kilometres southeast of the Kathmandu Valley.