KHOTANG — The death toll reached to 23 when a bus bound to Kathmandu from Khotang plunged approximately 300 meters down the road at Kavrepani Bhir in Khotang on Tuesday morning.
Police Inspector Saroj Rai of the District Police Office, Khotang, said that 31 individuals have been rescued alive.
Injured passengers are being rescued by a joint team of police and locals and sent to a health post in Halesi for treatment, Rai added.
It has been learnt that the number of passengers on board the bus was 28 initially. However, the number increased to 70 when some passengers boarded the bus on their way.
The bus (Ba 2 Kha 6376) had left for Kathmandu at around 5 this morning.
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