The death toll reaches 31 in the incident of Dhading bus plunge in Trishuli river yesterday. 9 women, 11 men, 6 boys and 5 girls have died in the fatal incident. Among the dead, identity of only 24 have been ascertained so far. It is reported that out of 31 deceased 20 persons alone are from Saptari district, 3 from Siraha district and 1 person is an Indian national.
The accident happened when the bus en route to Kathmandu from Rajbiraj veered off the road and fell in the Trishuli river at Bangemodha Ward-2 of Gajuri rural municipality in the district. Fifteen people have also been injured in incident, two of them critically. According to the district police office, Dhading, identities of 24 out of 30 deceased have been ascertained.
President Vidhya devi Bhandari, Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba have extended deep sorrow over the death of the people in Dhading bus accident .
The Prime Minister has instructed the local administration, Nepal Police, Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force to intensify the search for those went missing in the incident.
Similarly, CPN-UML and the Maoist Centre have expressed deep grief over the bus plunge which claimed the lives of 31 persons yesterday. Issuing a condolence note, both the Chairmen of the UML and the Maoist Centre paid tribute to the departed souls and extended condolences to the bereaved families.
Meanwhile, all local levels in Saptari district are to remain closed today to mourn the demise of 31 people, most of them from the district, in the bus plunge into the Trishuli River in Dhading.
All the local levels in the district are mourning the losses of many lives in the fatal accident, according to Rajbiraj Municipality mayor Shambhu Yadav. It's reported that 5 persons of a single family Sanjit Kumar Jha from Tilathi Saptari, including Jha himself, were killed in a tragic bus accident.
Meanwhile, The government has formed a three-member committee under the coordination of Home Ministry's joint secretary Man Bahadur BK to carry out investigations into the accident of bus plunge. The Ministry of Home Affairs also directed the police and local authorities to strictly implement the close monitoring of public vehicles to make the transport system secure and reliable.