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27 feared killed in Karze-Ngaba bus plunge

July 20, 2010

Tibetan Review
July 19, 2010

Twenty-seven people were reported missing, and
probably dead, and 11 others injured after a bus
they were travelling in fell into a river in a
traditional Tibetan area in Sichuan Province on
Jul 18 morning, reported China’s official Xinhua
news agency Jul 18. It said the bus, registered
in Aba (Tibetan: Ngaba or Ngawa) Prefecture, fell
into Dajin River inside Rongchag (Tibetan:
Rongtrag or Tenpa, Chinese: Danba) County of
Karze (Chinese: Ganzi or Garze) Prefecture at 10:15 am.

It said the bus, with an approved capacity of 35
people but carrying 38, had taken off from
Maerkang (Tibetan: Barkham) County of Aba and was
heading for the provincial capital Chengdu. "Due
to the very deep waters where the bus fell in,
there was no possibility of the survival of those
missing," the AFP Jul 18 quoted another Xinhua report as saying.

The bus was reported to have been forced to take
a detour on a secondary road due to repairs on
the main road. The cause of the accident remains unknown.

Both Ngaba and Karze are Tibetan-majority
prefectures, being part of traditional Tibet.
However, the report did not say anything about
the ethnic composition of the missing and injured
passengers or the ownership of the bus.
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