Schools bus falls into gorge: 27 children die

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Early reports indicate the boy was struck by the front of the bus - the only vehicle involved in the incident - but the scene will be under investigation for some time, he said.

It was noted that as a result around 30 people, 27 of them were children, died.

27 persons, including 24 school students, were killed when a private school bus fell into a 150 feet-deep gorge near Malkval in Nurpur, about 50 km from Dharmshala, on Monday afternoon, police said.

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After the incident, Principal of the school, Sunita Kumari, said that the bus met all required norms.

Twenty three deceased children were students of Ram Singh Pathania Memorial School.

According to Kangra district officials the death toll may rise further since 11 other children are injured, out of which 3 are said to be in serious condition.

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Expressing grief over the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed solidarity with the parents of the dead students.

A rescue operation to look for potential survivors among the kids - most of whom were under the age of 10 - will continue through Monday night, Kumar said.

SP Santosh Patial said the number of students in the bus was expected to be around 40, but "the exact number was not confirmed". Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs each for the family of the accident victims and ordered a magisterial probe to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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