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30 killed in Ramche accident

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

At least 30 people, including a child, were killed when an overcrowded bus veered off the road in Rasuwa district on Tuesday.

Of the deceased, 17 are men and 12 are women. Rasuwa’s CDO Shiva Ram Gelal said the death toll could as 45 more people were injured with some of them in critical condition.

The bus, which was heading towards Chilime from Kathmandu, had fallen about 500 metres down the road in Ramche village of Rasuwa district around the noon.

The highway where the accident occurred is the only operational Nepal-Tibet trade route, which was recently reopened in the wake of India’s blockade against the Himalayan country. The Pasang Lhamu Highway was blocked at several parts for almost six months after the April earthquake.

National News Agency quoted eye-witnesses saying the bus slipped after the earthen edge of the road subsided. Nepal Army, police, Armed Police Force and locals had rescued the injured and rushed them to Dhunche and Kathmandu.

The bus (Na 3 Kha 5706) was overcrowded because of a severe fuel shortage caused by India’s blockade, according to Gelal.

After India tightened fuel supply to the earthquake-ravaged Nepal citing security concerns due to protests by Madhesi people near the border between two countries, Nepalis are now facing tough time in travelling.

Even tourists are forced to travel by sitting on the hoods of buses on mountainous roads.

After an Indian national was killed in police firing in Birganj on Monday, India has hinted at further tightening the blockade. But New Delhi has called it just ‘a disruption of supplies’ due to ‘protests on the Nepali side’.


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8 Responses to “30 killed in Ramche accident”

  1. Gutta on Says:

    Sad affairs. RIP. Now even accidents are being blamed on India. Height of hatred. India didn’t open that highway to Tibet, Nepal did. Anyway read somewhere that Nepal got fuel from China, then why are Nepalese still blaming India?

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  3. felipe soler on Says:

    hi, i from chile, my brother and his girlfriend are traveling through nepal, i have not any news from them, im worried about the last bus accident near Katmandu, in Ramche.
    my name is felipe soler, my email adress is, my movile numeber is +56971704308 (whatsapp).
    i need to know the identities of the deaths.

  4. Ravi Raj Kaur on Says:

    there really should have been control on NOT overcrowding public transport

  5. Radha krishna Deo on Says:

    Nepalese hill network highly sensitive for road traffic accident (RTA).Probaly highest in the world several factors are are there but it will not improve to satisfactory level in even two decades only one way to adopt highest precautions on similar roads.
    Last two decades spent on conflict and constitution and future two decade to genrate capital to enhance the road.
    If Planning comission put at least one hill road up grading in two years periods lives loss will be minmised .Who will bell the CATs ? SACNEPAL.

  6. namah on Says:

    @radha krishna deo: Nothing to do with roads. It’s the drivers. They drive like crazy. There are time stamps which they ignore by driving like crazy and then SLEEPING a few kilometers before the next time stamp check post. I know. I have traveled.

  7. Manu on Says:

    is not it shameful that you blame India for you cant give Natural Human Rights to your own Madhesi people. is not it shameful that Journalists also started speaking what OLI is speaking that India has done blockade. India is losing crores of business everyday, do you think indian businessmen will sit quite if Indias are causing blockades. but actually its by your own people and india drivers are scarred to in nepal now

  8. namah on Says:

    @Manu: hmm Natural Human Rights? Like call of Nature type of human rights? I think they already have it.

    btw the word you are looking for is ‘quiet’ not ‘quite’

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