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26 die as bus falls into ravine in northern Pakistan

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Peshawar - The bus had been headed to the town of Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan region.

By Agencies

Published: Mon 9 Mar 2020, 1:53 PM

Last updated: Mon 9 Mar 2020, 4:01 PM

A passenger bus tumbled off a winding mountainous road and into a ravine in northern Pakistan on Monday, killing 26 people and injuring several others, a government spokesman said, according to Geo News.

The cause of the accident was unclear, and rescue workers were still working at the scene recovering the injured and the dead and taking them to a nearby hospital, said Faiz Ullah Faraq, spokesman for the Gilgit Baltistan region.

Such accidents are common in Pakistan, mainly due to insufficient enforcement of safety standards and poor infrastructure, particularly on battered mountain roads.

Faraq said the bus had been headed to the town of Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan region from the garrison city of Rawalpindi. He gave no further details.

Skardu serves as the gateway to K-2, the world's highest peak after Mt. Everest, which is also part of the Himalayas. Large numbers of local and foreign tourists visit the peak annually. Skardu is around 240km north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.
With inputs from AP

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