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30 persons, including 27 children, were killed on Monday when a private school bus fell into a gorge in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

The school bus skidded off the road and fell into a 100-feet-deep gorge in Kangra district, police said. Superintendent of Police Santosh Patyal confirmed the deaths. All the dead students were below the age of 10. The bus driver and two teachers were also among the dead.

Around 45 students of



Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial Public School were returning home when the bus skidded off road and fell into the 100-feet deep gorge near Gurchal village on the Nurpur-Chamba road, some 300 km from the state capital.

The death toll could rise as students were still trapped in the mangled body of the bus, the police said, adding that rescue operations are on.

Local villagers had begun rescue operation even before officials could reach the spot, eyewitnesses told IANS.

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