As many as 20 persons died when a passenger bus met with an accident at Pinatapane Khola, Chhayanath Rara Municipality-7 of Mugu district. The bus (Bhe 1 Kha 3167) was heading towards the Mugu district headquarters from Nepalgunj when it met the accident at around 1 pm today, the Province Police Office, Surkhet said. Thirty-nine passengers were travelling on the bus.
As per the preliminary reports, the number of people killed in the accident is 20, said Province Police Chief, DIG Ganesh Bahadur Aier. The casualties might increase, informed Aier.
Twelve among the injured have been taken to Nepalgunj by a Summit Airplane for treatment while a Nepal Army helicopter has been dispatched towards Talcha airport of Mugu from Surkhet for the rescue of the remaining injured, Information Officer at the Province Police Office, Inspector Jeevan Lamichhane said.
Those with minor injuries are being treated at the Mugu District Hospital. Chief District Officer Rom Bahadur Mahat and the chiefs of the security bodies in the district are engaged in rescuing the injured passengers, it is stated.