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16, including school children, dead as private bus falls into gorge in Kullu. ‘Heart-rending’ – PM

At least 16 people, including some school children, were killed as a school bus fell into a gorge inthe Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday morning. If reports are to be believed, around 40 people were on board the bus.

The mishap took place near Sainj valley in Kullu. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg said the Sainj-bound bus fell into the gorge near Jangla village at around 8.30 am.

District officials and rescue teams have reached the spot, Garg said, adding the injured were being taken to a nearby hospital.

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“The bus accident in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, is heart-rending. In this tragic hour my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest. The local administration is providing all possible assistance to those affected,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted as saying by his office in a statement.

Chief minister Jairam Thakur tweeted: “The entire administration is on the spot, the injured are being taken to the hospital. May god grant peace to those who have died and give strength to affected families. I pray that the accident sees minimum casualties.”

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