40 dead after bus falls into ravine


Forty people have died after a bus fell into a ravine in Balochistan in Pakistan, local media reported.

The incident took place at Lasbela, a mountainous region in the south of the country.

The bus was carrying 44 passengers.

Lasbela Assistant Commissioner, Hamza Anjum Nadeem, said the bodies of 40 people, including women and children, were recovered, while four injured passengers were rescued.

He said: “The accident happened due to over-speeding and the bus crashed into the pillar of a bridge.

“It caught fire soon after falling into the ravine.”

People look at the burnt wreckage of a bus accident in Bela, an area of Lasbela district of Balochistan province, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. The passenger bus crashed into a pillar and fell off a bridge, catching fire and killing dozens of people in southern Pakistan on Sunday, a government official said. (AP Photo/Muhammad Saleem)
Most of the passengers were killed in the wreckage. Pic: AP

The officer added that the bodies were charred beyond recognition and were being taken to Karachi for DNA sampling.

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He said that after identification, they will be handed over to the victims’ relatives.

The chief minister of Balochistan, Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, expressed his sorrow for the loss of life and ordered the authorities to provide the best medical facilities to the injured.

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