39 pilgrims killed in bus accident in Nepal
The accident site — Gandak Canal — is located some 250 km south west of Kathmandu. The ill-fated bus veered off a rain-slicked highway and fell into the flooded irrigation canal, police said. Most of the passengers were Indian nationals who were going to attend the Bolbam festival in Tribenighat, they said, adding the death toll may go up. Among the 39 people killed were 10 women and a girl child, they said. Most of those killed were Indians.
Ten Indians were also injured, police said. The identities of the deceased are not yet known. The bus was overloaded, which might be the main reason of the accident, police said. Some of passengers were travelling on the roof of the vehicle. Rescue work was being carried out by the police and Nepal Army with the help of local people.