At least 33 killed in Kavre bus accident, PM Prachanda directs for immediate rescue of the injured, mobilisation of helicopter

Kathmandu, Aug 15: At least 33 persons were killed and 43 persons injured when a passanger bus fell off the road at Birta Deurali of Kavre district today.

28 of the 43 injured were airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment while the remaining were under treatment at Dhulikhel, Nepal Police press release said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda directed the Home Ministry to carry out immediate rescue of those injured in the bus accident.

According to PM Prachanda's Press Advisor, Govinda Acharya, Prime Minister Dahal also directed the Home Ministry to send a helicopter immediately for the rescue operation.

"The Prime Minister extended sorrow over the incident soon after getting information about it and issued directive to carry out rescue operation using helicopter," said Advisor Acharya quoting the PM.

The Home Ministry has sent the helicopter to the incident site for the same soon after PM Prachanda's direction.

Section Officer at the Peace Security and Crime Control Division of the Home Ministry, Chiranjivi Nepal, said that a chopper (MI 17) of the Nepal Army has reached the incident site.

Stating that they have got the information that 25 people were killed in the incident so far and 35 were injured, Nepal said that an ambulance has also been kept in ready position at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

The local administration has been urged to bring the injured to the place where the helicopter can land, he added.

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