At least 33 dead in bus crash in Nepal

The poor condition of roads and ill-maintained vehicles contribute to frequent road accidents in Nepal.

A nurse takes a patient's blood pressure in hospital. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

KATHMANDU - A bus packed with villagers went off a hilly road in east Nepal on Monday, killing 33 people and injuring 28, officials said.

The bus was carrying villagers from Kathmandu to Kavre, 40km east of the capital when it veered off the Arniko highway and fell 200 metres down steep slopes.

"A military helicopter plucked the injured to hospitals in Kathmandu," Home Ministry official Chiranjivi Nepal told Reuters. Broken parts of the bus and belongings of the passengers were scattered at the crash site, police said.

Relatives of the victims crowded outside the National Trauma Centre in the heart of Kathmandu where the injured were taken, witnesses said.

The poor condition of roads and ill-maintained vehicles contribute to frequent road accidents in mostly mountainous Nepal. Police said the cause of the latest crash was unclear.