Himachal Pradesh: Bus falls into Gobind Sagar Reservoir; 15 killed, 35 missingHimachal Pradesh: 25 killed as bus falls into reservoir, several missing

At least 25 persons were drowned and several others missing Wednesday morning after a bus fell into the Gobind Sagar reservoir at Rayian near Bilaspur.

Shimla: At least 25 persons were drowned and several others missing Wednesday morning after a bus fell into the Gobind Sagar reservoir at Rayian near Bilaspur, 95-km from here.

Twenty-five bodies have so far been recovered while 15 injured persons have been taken to a Bilaspur hospital, Bilaspur Deputy Commissioner Ajay Sharma said, adding that efforts are on in full swing to trace the missing.

The 40-seater bus was packed to capacity and some people were said to have been also travelling on its roof, sparking fears that the toll may be higher.

A number of students and labourers who were making their daily commute from Rishikesh to Bilaspur are among the victims.

The bus has been pulled out of the reservoir. The ill- fated bus belonging to a private transportation company was on its way from Rishikesh to Bilaspur and most of the passengers on board were locals.

Among the injured are about half-a-dozen passengers who managed to jump out of the bus in order to save themselves.

Divers of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) have joined efforts to fish out the bodies.

A large crowd of locals has gathered at the spot making anxious enquiries about the victims of the mishap.