2021 Mugu bus accident

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2021 Mugu bus accident
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Date12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
12:30pm (Nepal Standard Time)
LocationMugu District, Karnali Province
Country Nepal
CauseUnknown
Statistics
Bus1
Passengers45
Deaths32

On 12 October 2021, a bus carrying 45 passengers from Nepalgunj to Gamgadhi in Nepal, fell into a river in Chhayanath Rara Municipality, killing 32 people including the driver.

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Accident

On Monday 11 October, a passenger bus carrying 45 passengers was heading to Gamgadhi, Mugu District from Nepalgunj, Banke District. [1] [2] Most of the people on the bus were migrant workers and students returning home to celebrate Dashain, a major Hindu festival in Nepal. [1] On Tuesday 12 October, when the bus reached Chhayanath Rara, it fell 300 meters down into a river, Pinatapane Khola, killing 24 people on the spot and critically injuring 18 people. [3] [4] [5] Nepali Army arrived at the scene to rescue and fly the injured passengers to various hospitals in Nepal including in Mugu, Kohalpur, and Nepalgunj. [6] Four people died at the Rara Airport while being rescued, and the other four people died while undergoing treatments in Nepalgunj. [3]

Aftermath

It is unclear how the bus fell into the river, some officials say it was due to a tyre puncture, and others say failure of brakes. [7] [8]

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References

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