Twenty killed, dozens missing in Nepal bus accident
At least 20 people were killed and dozens of other were feared missing after an over crowded bus plunged off a mountain highway in western Nepal on Monday, police said.
Police said the bus plunged into fast flowing Rapti River in Dang district, about 400 kilometres west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, after skidding off the highway on Monday morning, reported dpa.
Police confirmed at least 20 bodies were recovered from the river and said they feared more than 40 others remained missing.
Police said many of the victims were trapped in the bus as it sank in the river.
Police and rescue teams had pulled out several people alive from but say hopes of finding others were slim.
Of the 28 people injured in the accident, nearly half were rushed to hospital in serious condition.
The bus was carrying nearly double its capacity of 45 people.
Most of the passengers were pilgrims on their way to a Hindu temple on a remote hill.
At least 36 people on the bus were reported to be Indian nationals.
Hundreds of people are killed each year in road accidents involving public transport across Nepal.
Most accidents are blamed on reckless driving, poor and dangerous road conditions made worse by Nepal's mountainous terrain and disregard for passenger safety.