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Bus plunges into Trishuli River : Death toll reaches 19, 16 rescued alive [Update]

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DHADING — The death toll in Dhading bus accident has reached 19, among them 7 are women, 4 children and 8 are men. 16 others sustained injuries after the bus they were travelling on skidded off the road and plunged into Trishuli River in Gajuri Rural Municipality-5 of Dhading district this morning.

The identities of those killed are yet to be ascertained, according to SP Dhruba Raj Raut at Dhading District Police Office.

The ill-fated bus, Na 4 Kha 1467, was heading towards Kathmandu from Rajbiraj when the accident took place at around 5 am today.

The incident occurred due to over-speed, police quoted injured persons as saying.

The overloaded bus was driven by driver Santosh Chaudhary at high speed after having dinner at Chandranigahapur, Rautahat, on Friday night, according to passengers.

It has been learnt that Chaudhary had also consumed alcohol while he was having dinner last night.

As many as 16 others have been rescued alive. According to area police office Gajuri, 13 among those injured are undergoing treatment at Gajuri Hospital while two others have been referred to Trauma Center in Kathmandu.

Security personnel from Nepal Police, Nepal Army and Armed Police Force with the help of locals, jointly rescued the injured passengers who were fallen into the river in the accident along the Prithvi Highway.

An injured passenger told police that the bus was carrying only 17 passengers from Rajbiraj but it added 35 passengers at Hetauda on the way.

Bus plunges into Trishuli River : 11 dead, 16 rescued alive, dozens missing [update]

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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha

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GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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