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39 pilgrims killed in Nepal bus crash

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KATHMANDU, July 15 (UPI Asia) -- At least 39 Hindu pilgrims were killed and 10 injured when a bus carrying them fell into a flooded irrigation canal in southern Nepal Sunday.

The incident occurred in Nawalparasi district in southern Nepal when the bus carrying Hindu pilgrims, mostly Indian nationals from the district of Maharajganj in the neighbouring northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, fell into the Gandak canal.

At least 39 bodies have been recovered by rescue personnel and 36 of the dead have been identified as Indians, police said.

The 10 injured passengers were transferred to two local hospitals.

The bus was carrying 70-80 passengers to a popular Hindu temple in southern Nepal and search operations continued late Sunday for locating the missing passengers.
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