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At least 25 die as wedding bus crashes in India

Officials during a rescue operation after the bus plunged into a gorge in Dhumakot, Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand state, India [SDRF handout via EPA]

At least 25 people have died after a bus crashed into a gorge in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Officials confirmed that, at least 40 were on board when the bus veered off the road and fell into the ravine in Pauri Garhwal district on Tuesday night, BBC reports.

So far, 21 passengers have been rescued as a result of an overnight rescue operation led by the state’s disaster response team.

The accident occurred while the bus was transporting a wedding procession from Laldhang to Bironkhal village in Uttarakhand.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but state officials have confirmed an ongoing investigation.

Images from the scene showed the mangled remains of the bus lying near a steep hill, with rescue personnel assisting in the extraction of the survivors.

Uttarkhand’s Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that all possible help was being provided to the rescue teams to aid their efforts.

Writing by Muzha Kucha