At Least 27 Die In Indonesia As Bus Plunge into River

At least 27 people were confirmed dead,  and dozen more were injured after a bus plunged into a ravine in Indonesia, officials said Tuesday. 

The bus careered into a 150-metre (500-foot) ravine in South Sumatra province just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Monday and ended up in a river, according to police.

Head of the local search and rescue team Berty Kowaas said divers were searching near the bus, which was half submerged.

Rescuers were also scouring nearby slopes for the missing.

“The current in the river is quite strong so there’s a possibility some victims were carried away,” Kowaas told Kompas TV Tuesday.

The accident happened in a remote and steep area near the town of Pagar Alam, hampering search efforts.

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Footage shared by the rescue team showed bodies being retrieved out of the river and placed on stretchers.

Local police chief Dolly Gumara earlier said the bus was carrying more people than initially believed and several passengers could still be missing. No other vehicle was involved in the accident, she added.

Source: AFP

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