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31 dead after wedding bus falls into Indian gorge

October 06, 2022

NEW DELHI: At least 31 people were killed after a bus carrying wedding guests veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge in northern India, police said on Wednesday.

The vehicle was travelling along a treacherous mountain highway in Uttarakhand state when it careened over an edge and plunged at least 500 metres with dozens of people onboard. The state´s police force said on Twitter that rescue operations had concluded with 31 bodies recovered and 19 injured passengers rescued.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “all possible assistance” would be given to the survivors. “In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

Fatal road accidents are common in Uttarakhand, which encompasses part of the Indian Himalayas and is home to numerous religious pilgrimage sites. Nearly two dozen people were killed in June when their bus plunged into a gorge while en route to a shrine to the Hindu deity Yamuna, north of the state capital Dehradun. India accounts for 11 percent of the global road death toll despite only having one percent of the world´s vehicles, according to a World Bank report released last year.