Bus plunges into deep ravine in southwestern Pakistan, killing 19

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A passenger bus slid off a mountain road and fell into a deep ravine during heavy rain. southwest pakistan on Sunday, leaving 19 people dead and 12 injured, a government official said.

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Makhtab Shah, assistant administrator of the Shirani district in Balochistan province, said about 35 passengers were on the bus. He said rescuers searched for survivors among the wreckage of the destroyed car and in the surrounding area.

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A man injured in a bus accident in Dana Sar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is admitted to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan on Sunday, July 3, 2022.  ) in a ravine in heavy rain, killing at least 18 people and injuring about 12.

A man injured in a bus accident in Dana Sar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is admitted to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan on Sunday, July 3, 2022. ) into a ravine in heavy rain, killing at least 18 people and injuring about 12.
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The Shah said that apparently the bus had skidded on the wet road in the middle shower and the driver lost control of the car, which fell about 200 feet (61 meters) into a ravine.

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Fatal traffic accidents are common in pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and non-compliance with traffic regulations, as well as poorly maintained vehicles. Last month, 22 people died in a similar crash when a bus plunged into a ravine in the Qila Saifulla area.