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36 Nepalese pilgrims die in Indian bus crash

At least 36 Hindu pilgrims from Nepal were killed Thursday when their bus plunged Bus plunge stories are a journalism phenomenon of reporting passenger bus mishaps in short articles that invariably describe the bus as "plunging" from a bridge or hillside road.  into a river in the mountainous northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials said.

The passenger bus carrying 40 people spun out of control and fell 100 feet (30 metres) into the rain-swollen Alaknanda river The Alaknanda River is a tributary of the Ganges River that begins at the confluence of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers in Uttarakhand. It merges with the Bhagirathi river near Devprayag after flowing for approx. 229 km through the Alaknanda valley.  in Chamoli, district administrator D.S D.S Drainage Structure (flood protection) . Garbiyal said.

"Four survived the crash and have been hospitalised in very serious condition," Garbiyal told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  by telephone from Chamoli, 300 kilometres (185 miles) north of state capital Dehradun.

Police said 20 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of the bus, which was stuck among boulders in the fast-flowing river.

Twenty-six of the victims were women, Garbiyal added.

The Nepalese, who had been touring Hindu pilgrimage sites for the past week, were returning from a popular shrine on the foothills of the Himalayas when the accident occurred, the administrator added.

Accidents are frequent in impoverished Uttarakhand, where the mountain roads are treacherous, with many hairpin bends hairpin bend

a bend in the road that curves very sharply

Noun 1. hairpin bend - a U-shaped bend in a road
bend, curve - curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.
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Date:Jul 31, 2008
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