Death toll in Sindhupalchowk bus plunge reaches 15

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Chautara, Sindhupalchowk: The death toll in the Sindhupalchowk has climbed to 15. Of the dead, the identity of 14 has been established. A reserved bus (Ba 4 Kha 4468) transporting pilgrims back to Bhaktapur from Kalinchowk Temple skidded off the road and fell around 100 meters into a river at Six Kilo along the Dolakha Khadichaur-Jiri road in Sunkoshi rural municipality-7 in Sindhupalchowk district on Sunday morning, killing at least 15 passengers and injuring over 16. Brake failure is blamed for the accident. Thirty two people including the bus driver were travelling on the ill-fated bus when the accident occurred, said the police.

The dead are Laxmi Shrestha, 42, of Bhimeshwor municipality in Dolakha district and Ranjit Basnet, 10, of Shailungeshowri rural municipality, Mahesh Tamang, 24, of Umakunda rural municipality-4 in Ramechhap district and Juna Tamang, 42, of Sunapati-6, Ram Sharan Khatri, 35, of Bethanchowk in Kavrepalanchowk district and his spouse Maiya, 35. Likewise, other dead are Ganga Maya Tamang, 55, of Lingsakhupakhar rural municipality-4 in Sindhupalchowk district, seven-year-old Sabina Tamang, Reshma Tamang, 30, 15 months old Roshani Tamang, Manju Tamang, 28, and Suk Bahadur Tamang, 28, all of Jugal rural municipality-7 and Fulmaya Tamang, 37, of Balephi rural municipality-5 and Chinu Basnet, 32, of Suryabinayak-8 in Bhaktapur district.

The identity of another 24-year-old woman, who died at Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, is yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) have expressed sorrow over the Sindhupalchowk bus accident that has left 15 people dead and 18 injured.

NCP Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ in a letter of condolence on Sunday has offered his condolence to the dead and the bereaved families. He also wished for speedy recovery of the injured people and demanded that the government manages ‘decent’ compensation to the affected families and free treatment to the injured.

Likewise, a meeting of NC central working committee on Sunday extended its condolence to the dead and to the bereaved families. Wishing for speedy recovery of the injured people, the NC also demanded that the government manages treatment for them.