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Karnataka: At least 25 dead after bus plunges into canal in Mandya district

According to locals, most of the victims are school children. (Source: Twitter/ Karnataka CM)

At least 25 people were killed Saturday after a bus they were travelling in fell into a canal in Karnataka’s Mandya district, said state Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara. “25 people have died. I believe the driver was not driving properly, I will find out, take some more inputs,” Parameshwara was quoted as saying by ANI.

The incident took place around noon near Kanakanamaradi of Pandavapura taluk. According to locals, most of the victims are school children who were returning home after half-a-day of school.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy expressed shock over the incident and has rushed to the site. According to a statement released by the Chief Minister’s Office, Kumaraswamy has spoken to district in-charge minister C S Puttaraju and district Deputy Commissioner and directed them to visit the spot immediately and oversee rescue operation.

More details awaited.

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