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Himachal Pradesh: Bus falls into reservoir, 25 killed

September 24, 2014 15:54 IST

At least 25 persons were drowned and several others missing on Wednesday morning after a bus fell into the Gobind Sagar reservoir at Rayian near Bilaspur, 95-km from Shimla.

Twenty-five bodies have so far been recovered while 15 injured persons have been taken to a Bilaspur hospital, Bilaspur Deputy Commissioner Ajay Sharma said, adding that efforts are on in full swing to trace the missing.

The 40-seater bus was packed to capacity and some people were said to have been also travelling on its roof, sparking fears that the toll may be higher.

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number of students and labourers who were making their daily commute from Rishikesh to Bilaspur are among the victims.

The bus has been pulled out of the reservoir. The ill- fated bus belonging to a private transportation company was on its way from Rishikesh to Bilaspur and most of the passengers on board were locals. 

Among the injured are about half-a-dozen passengers who managed to jump out of the bus in order to save themselves. 

Divers of Bhakra Beas Management Board have joined efforts to fish out the bodies.

A large crowd of locals has gathered at the spot making anxious enquiries about the victims of the mishap. 

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