Dozens dead after school bus plunges off cliff in Himalayas

Himachal school bus accident 23 kids among 27 killed as school bus falls into gorge

The adults killed included the bus driver, two teachers and another woman, officials said.

The administration had a tough time in rescue operations, although the local villagers had rushed to the spot after hearing the cries of the children and had begun the rescue operations. Superintendent of Nurpur district Santosh Patial confirmed the development.

The bus was not visible from the road as it was inside the 100-feet-deep gorge. The bus, owned by the Ram Singh Memorial Public School, was carrying 40-45 people.

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.

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The bus was on its way to drop students to their homes.

Police said that all the dead students, 13 boys and 10 girls, were below the age of 11. Many more bodies were still trapped in the mangled remains of the bus and the rescue teams were finding it hard to retrieve the bodies from the mangled bus.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jayaram Thakur has tweeted, according to which the sad news of the school bus accident came from Noorpur's Malkwal. Where some children are in critical condition and others are out of danger. Many of them who were in the bus today were in Class 5 and below, news agency IANS reported.

Speaking of the unfortunate incident, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that "I've been told 9 children died & several got injured in the incident".

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