At least 28 dead after bus plunges into canal in India

28 killed as bus falls into canal in Karnatanka’s Mandya

At least 28 people, many of them children, drowned on Saturday (Nov 24) after their bus plunged into a canal in India, police said, in the latest tragedy on the world's deadliest roads.

The accident took place in VC Nagar near Kanakanamaradi of Pandavapura taluk in Mandya district which is 105km away from Bengaluru.

Following the accident locals and police rushed to the spot to carry out rescue work.

A local politician blamed the accident on negligence by the driver and said authorities were looking into the matter.

Reports suggest that many of those who died were children returning from school.

Eyewitnesses said the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle due to high speed while negotiating a right turn.

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People wait anxiously on the banks of the canal where bodies were eventually laid out.

The cause of the accident was not known immediately. "Deeply pained by theincident, he has prayed to God to give strength to the familiesof the deceased to help them bear the loss", the Chief Minister's office said.

A boy who jumped out of the bus is the only survivor The Times of India reported.

Another witness said 10 passengers of the bus survived the mishap by emerging out of the plunged bus and swam to the canal bank.

The CM announced a compensation for Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased. Kumaraswamy has directed the Government to postpone the state cinema award ceremony which was slated for this evening.

The Congress chief also condoled the deaths and preyed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

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