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Karnataka: Death toll in Mandya bus accident rises to 30

Rescue operation underway after bus fell into canal (Source: CM of Karnataka Twitter) Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Nov 24, 2018, 03.07 PM (IST)

Death toll in the Mandya bus mishap in Karnataka rose to 30, reported news agency ANI. Schoolchildren were among the dead after a bus plunged into a canal on Saturday.  

News agency AFP quoting sources said police have retrieved 28 bodies from the private passenger bus after it veered off the road and fell into the canal.

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The accident occurred in the noon near Kanakanamaradi of Pandavapura taluk, reports added.

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Earlier, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister  Parameshwara confirmed that 25 people have died following the accident.

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Rescue teams have reached the spot and rescue operation is underway, officials added.

The bus was completely submerged following the accident.

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Most of the victims are school children, they said, adding that they were returning home after half-a-day at school.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has spoken to district in-charge minister C S Puttaraju and district Deputy Commissioner and directed them to visit the spot immediately and oversee the rescue operation. 

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Kumaraswamy expressed shock over the incident and rushed to the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and several other leaders expressed their condolences.