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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 July, 2005, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Many killed in Indian bus crash
At least 24 people have died in a bus accident in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal, officials say.

Twenty-five others were injured in the crash late on Saturday morning.

The vehicle, which was coming from Srinagar in the in Garhwal district , plunged into a gorge near the holy city of Rishikesh.

A rescue operation has begun and survivors have been taken to a nearby hospital, police say.

A senior local police official told the BBC that the 45-seater bus fell into a deep river gorge off a key national highway connecting the Indian capital, Delhi, to Badrinath, the famous Hindu shrine.

This is the third major accident on the road in the past two months.

There are hundreds of bus accidents every year in India, where buses are a popular means of transport but many are poorly maintained and often overcrowded.

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