SPINAGAR, INDIA, AUG. 3, REUTER — thirty people drowned when a bus overturned trying to cross a rain swollen river in the Indian foothills of the Himalayas, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Farooq Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, told the state assembly nine people drowned in a similar but separate accident, Both occurred on Tuesday evening.

He said the bus was carrying 38 people from Jammu, the winter capital of the northwestern state, to Poonch, 300 KM (185 miles) away on the Pakistani border. When it over turned.

Abdullah said eight people managed to swim to safety, seven bodies had been recovered and it appeared the other victims had been swept across the Pakistani border by the raging torrent.

He said nine of 12 people travelling in a government jeep drowned when it fell into a river.


Article extracted from this publication >> August 12, 1988