The wreckage of a passenger bus.—AP Photo
The wreckage of a passenger bus.—AP Photo

GAUHATI: A government official in India says 18 people are dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge after being hit by hurtling boulders during a landslide in the mountainous northeast. Another 17 people are injured.

Arunachal Pradesh state Transport Minister Zoram Sangliana says the bus plunged about 45 meters into the gorge early Saturday near Keifang, a village 100 kilometres east of Aizawl, the state capital. Monsoon rains triggered the landslide in the region.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital, Sangliana told The Associated Press.

India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed every year. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.


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Saleem
July 21, 2012 2:51 pm
Report say AP minister not the location, read carefully!
Anthony
July 21, 2012 7:52 am
Aizawl is NOT the capital of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Itanagar is the capital of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Aizawl is the capital of the state of Mizoram.
Virendra
July 21, 2012 9:41 am
This happened in state of Mizoram and not Arunachal Pradesh. Dawn's editors should check basic facts before publishing reports.
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