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Twenty eight people, including five children, were killed when a bus fell into a canal in south Karnataka today, November 24 afternoon. The number of dead could go up. Around 30 to 35 people were travelling in the private bus.

The bus fell into the canal after the driver lost control, the police said. The bus soon submerged. Many passengers could not escape from the bus as it fell to its side, with its doors against the floor of the canal trapping them in.

The accident took place in VC Nagar near Kanakanamaradi of Pandavapura taluk in Mandya district which is 105km away from Bengaluru.

Speaking to reporters at Mangaluru Airport Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara said 28 persons drowned to death in bus tragedy and driver has fled the scene. He also said that he will be visiting the spot tomorrow and inquiry will be ordered.

“I believe the driver was not driving properly… I will find out,” Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara said.

“All the appointments of the Chief Minister have been cancelled for the day. An award ceremony that was to be held later in the evening has been cancelled till further notice,” the Chief Minister’s Office tweeted.

PM Modi expressed his sorrow and tweeted -“Deeply pained the bus accident in Karnataka’s Mandya. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. May God give them strength in this hour of sadness?”

According to eyewitnesses, the bus was going at a high speed and the driver lost control when he had to take a right turn, leading to the accident.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also extended condolences to the families of the deceased and said he prays for the speedy recovery of the injured.

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