Bus carrying wedding party swept into gorge in Indian-held part of Kashmir

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 September, 2014, 11:43pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 September, 2014, 7:57pm


Flood waters swept an overcrowded bus carrying a wedding party into a gorge yesterday with all but six of the 50 on board feared dead in Indian Kashmir.

Rescue teams have been deployed to the flooded gorge south of Kashmir's main city of Srinagar but they have so far been unable to reach the bus, police said.

"Six passengers managed to swim to safety and they were rescued," director general of police, Rajendra Kumar, said.

Heavy rains that have hit the region in the last 24 hours and strong gushing waters in the deep gorge have hampered attempts to search for any survivors, police said.

"We are using everything at our disposal in the rescue effort, and a crane is in place for pulling the bus out of the river," Kumar said.

The bride and groom were reported to be among those travelling on the bus when the accident happened.

Agence France-Presse, Associated Press