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Dozens Feared Dead As Flood Sweeps Bus Into A Gorge In Kashmir

The vehicle was carrying around 50 members of a wedding party at the time. Kashmir is experiencing its worst flooding in 22 years.

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Dozens are feared dead after a bus carrying around 50 people was swept into a gorge during floods in Kashmir, India.

Officials in Rajouri district in the Jammu region said the bus was carrying members of a wedding party at the time, the BBC reported.

NDTV reported that although six people are believed to have survived the accident, many more are feared to have died.

Speaking to Agence France-Presse, police Director General Rajendra Kumar said: "Six passengers managed to swim to safety and they were rescued from the gorge. 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."

The office of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams had been dispatched to assist with the search and rescue operation.

NDRF teams have been dispatched. A bus carrying 50 passengers has been washed away.HM instructed agencies to launch search &rescue operation

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NDRF teams have been dispatched. A bus carrying 50 passengers has been washed away.HM instructed agencies to launch search &rescue operation

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The region is in the midst of its worst floods in 22 years.

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At least 20 lives have been claimed in the past few days, the BBC reported.

NDTV reported that most rivers in Kashmir are flowing above levels considered dangerous due to incessant rains, with the situation particularly bad in south Kashmir.

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