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11 dead, 19 injured as bus falls into gorge in Mizoram

Aizawl | June 5

At least 11 people, including a 15-year-old girl have been killed and 19 others injured, when a private bus, they were travelling in, fell into a gorge near Pangzawl village in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district at the wee hours of Tuesday, according to police.

The accident happened some 76 km from Lunglei town and 135 km from the State capital Aizawl.

According to the police, the ill fated passenger bus belonging to private operator- ‘Colney Travels’ was travelling to Siaha town bordering Myanmar from Aizawl. The bus rolled down some 400 to 500 metres below National Highway 54, the police added.

According to the police report, nine dead bodies were recovered on the spot. The report also said that two of the injured succumbed at Serchhip district hospital this afternoon.

The police then said that majority of the victims were from Siaha town while two hailed from Aizawl and one from Buhchangphai village in Kolasib district bordering Assam.

At the time of filing this report, the police were yet to ascertain the exact cause of the accident.

Reports said that the incident came to light when four of the injured persons crawled up on the road and informed Pangzawl villagers.

Immediately after being informed of the incident the villagers of Pangzawl carried out the rescue operation. Police from Serchhip and Hnathial later rushed to the spot an joined the villagers in helping the injured and carrying up the dead bodies to the road.

The injured people were admitted at Hnathial Community Health Centre and Serchhip district hospital.
Pangzawl village is about 23 km away from Hnathial and 44 km from Serchhip town.

Reports said that the bodies were brought to Pawngzawl Community Hall and later the police carried out certain formalities.

Meanwhile, C. Ngunlianchunga, minister for the Mizoram State Disaster Management and Rehabilitation paid a visit to the injured people at Serchhip district hospital and also visited Pangzawl where he delivered a condolence message at the village community hall where the victims were brought for brief funeral before they were sent to their respective places. The minister said that the incident was a “sad news” for the whole of Mizoram.

It can be noted here that, today’s incident was the second major road mishap in Mizoram since 2015.

On October 24, 2015, similar bus accident had occurred where 10 passengers were killed and 9 others injured when a Lawngtlai bound night bus fell into a gorge near Ramlaitui village in Lunglei district.

~MExN

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