27 Pupils feared Dead As School Bus Plunges Into Valley



No fewer than 27 pupils perished on Monday after their school bus slipped and overturned into a 100-feet-deep narrow valley in India.
ANI news agency reports that the vehicle belonging to a private school in the in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district tumbled it skidded into the gully, eventually coming to a rest in the middle of the hillside.
The police said the driver could have been speeding on the narrow hill road before he lost control of the bus.
A team of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF have reached the accident site at Kangra's Nurpur town, 220 kilometres from state capital Shimla. Some children who had been trapped inside the mangled bus have been rescued.
The students are from Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial Public School. Many of them were in Class 5 and below, news agency IANS reported.
 "I have spoken with the chief secretary... the NDRF was immediately deployed," Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said. "Rescue operation is underway with the help of locals. I have ordered for a magisterial probe," he said.
The chief minister has announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation for the families of the children who met with the accident. All the injured children have been taken to a hospital in Pathankot, 90 km from the accident site.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that he has told party workers in Himachal to "provide all the assistance they can to the families of the victims and to those who are injured."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident."

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