Kathmandu, Nepal (BBN) – At least 33 people were killed and 35 other injured when a passenger bus met with an accident in the country’s Kavre district on Monday, officials said.
The ill-fated bus (Ba 3 Kha 106) heading for Dolalghat from Kathmandu plunged some 300 metres (about 985 feet) down the road at Khaharekhola in Birtadeurali at around 1:30 pm (local time) on Monday, a police official said.
The security personnel have been collecting the dead bodies that are scattered over the slope.
“Bodies are scattered all over the sloppy hill, so security personnel are having difficulties collecting bodies and rescuing the victims,” Deputy Chief District Officer Bhim Kanta Sharma was quoted by CNN as saying.
He also said the death toll is likely to go up.
A Nepal Army helicopter reached the incident site and airlifted 28 of the injured passengers for treatment. They have been receiving medical attention at Trauma Centre and Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.
Bus accidents are generally blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicles in the South Asian country. Most of accidents occur during the rainy monsoon season that begins in June and ends in September.