At least 28 people, many of them children, drowned on Saturday after their bus plunged into a canal in India, police said, in the latest tragedy on the world’s deadliest roads.
Police said they retrieved 28 bodies from the private passenger bus after it veered off the road and fell into the canal in the Mandya district of the southern state of Karnataka.
A police officer who spoke to AFP at the scene said many of the victims were school children returning to their homes.
“Many children are among the 28 dead,” a police official said.
Local media said around 35 people were in the vehicle, though police could not provide the exact number of passengers on board or the cause of the crash.
Video footage on television showed locals using ropes to reach the submerged bus and pull out the bodies, while emergency workers and divers joined the volunteers to help.
State chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy promised help to the families.