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45 killed as bus plunges into gorge in Telangana

In this grab made from video provided by KK Productions, rescuers pull out passengers from a bus that fell into a gorge in Jagtiyal district of Telangana on Tuesday. The bus was carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India when it plunged off a road killing several people (KK Production via AP)

Hyderabad, Sep 11 (PTI, AP): At least 45 passengers have died and 25 others injured after a state-run bus plunged into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday.

Around 50 people were travelling in the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation bus when it skidded off a ghat road near Shanivarapet village, about 200km from Hyderabad.

Most of the victims were women, police said, adding that the injured had been rushed to hospitals in Jagtial and Karimnagar district.

”As of now, 34 people have been killed. The toll may go up,” IGP (North Zone) Y. Nagi Reddy said.

The bus was heading to Jagtial from Kondagattu.

Telangana caretaker chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced financial assistance of Rs five lakh each to the family of the deceased. He also asked officials to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured, a CMO release said.

The accident occurred between 11.45am and noon, Jagtial district Collector A. Sharat, who is supervising the relief and rescue work, said over phone.

Expressing grief over the loss of life in the mishap, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the families of the deceased.

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