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A passenger bus plunged off a road in central Sri Lanka on Saturday, killing 13 people and injuring more than 30.
Police said the bus fell into a precipice near the town of Passara, about 240 kilometers east of Colombo, its stated destination.
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Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said an initial investigation showed the negligence of the driver caused the accident. It wasn't immediately clear if the driver survived.
Local media reported over 70 passengers were on the bus.
Earlier on Saturday state news agency PAP reported that the bus, with 57 people on board, fell into a ditch at night. The injured were taken to local hospitals and the remaining passengers were brought to a local school.
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Police sources said a bus carrying ITBP personnel back after completion of their Amarnath Yatra duties met with an accident in the Chandanwari area of Pahalgam tehsil.
Instantly, the patrols and the National Ambulance were dispatched to the reported location from where the child was transferred to Al Qasimi Hospital, where he was declared dead in the hospital at 7pm the same day.
"Sixteen bodies were found during search and rescue efforts," the ministry said in a statement, adding that 18 people were still missing. Officials said more than 350 rescuers are at work on the ground.