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Tragedy Strikes Nepal: Dozen Lives Lost, Two Indians Among Victims in Rapti River Bus Mishap

  • Posted on January 13, 2024
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A devastating accident in Nepal's Lumbini province resulted in 12 casualties, including two Indian nationals, as a passenger bus plunged into the Rapti River. The victims include Mune (31) and Yogendra Ram Jogendra (67), among others. The incident occurred on the East-West Highway in Bhgalubang. Investigations are underway.

Tragedy Strikes Nepal: Dozen Lives Lost, Two Indians Among Victims in Rapti River Bus Mishap Image Source

In a tragic turn of events, a passenger bus en route from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu veered off the Rapti bridge in Bhgalubang, Nepal, plunging into the Rapti River. The accident claimed the lives of at least 12 individuals, including two Indians, Mune and Yogendra Ram Jogendra.

The bodies of seven victims were recovered from the accident site, while five others succumbed to their injuries during treatment. Among the identified victims were Kusum Basnet, Saurabh Bista, Tara Kanta Pandey, Mun Bahadur Rawat, Rambaran Harichand, and Deepak Kami.

Twenty-three individuals sustained injuries, with eight of them rushed to the Nepalgunj Medical Teaching Hospital in Kolhapur for treatment. Two Indian nationals are currently receiving medical attention at the Kolhapur-based hospital, as reported by Deputy Inspector of Police Sundar Tiwari.

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The injured have been distributed across medical facilities, with seven in Butwal and two in Bhalubang Hospital. The accident's cause remains unclear, and authorities are actively investigating. The bus driver, Lal Bahadur Nepali (28), has been taken into custody to aid in the ongoing investigation.

This tragic incident echoes a similar event last October, where 12 Indian nationals and a Nepalese driver sustained injuries after their vehicle overturned near Kathmandu. The vehicle, carrying pilgrims, overturned in the Indrsarowar Rural Municipality, emphasizing the need for enhanced safety measures on Nepal's roadways.

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