Scores have been feared dead after a passenger bus, Bus Lu 1 Kha 5771, heading to Butwal from Palpa met with an accident at Siddhababa in the district on Saturday afternoon. Police Inspector Daktar Prasad Chaudhari said the accident occurred after a mudslide swept away the bus into the Tinau River.
According to Chaudhary scores are feared dead even though the exact number of the passengers on board has yet to be confirmed. Since the landslide is continuing, the rescue efforts have been hampered. According to the bus owner, 20 to 25 people were traveling by the bus.
A team from Armed Police Force, Nepal Army led by Chief District Officer of Palpa have reached the incident site. Likewise, a team of security personnel have been deployed from Rupandehi district.
A done camera from Butwal is being used to take stock of the incident, said Journalist Basant Kunwar. Two bodies have been recovered so far.