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    Bus falls into deep ravine in southwest Pakistan, killing 19

    QUETTA, PAKISTAN (AP) – A passenger bus slid off a mountain road and fell into a deep ravine in heavy rain in southwest Pakistan on yesterday, killing 19 people and injuring 12 others, a government official said.

    Assistant Administrator for the district of Shirani in Baluchistan province Mahtab Shah said about 35 passengers were travelling in the bus.

    He said rescue workers were searching for survivors in the wreckage of the vehicle and surroundings.

    Shah said apparently the bus slid on the wet road amid heavy rain and the driver lost control of the vehicle, which fell about 61 metres into the deep ravine.

    Deadly road accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and disregard for traffic laws, as well as poorly maintained vehicles.

    Last month, 22 people were killed in a similar accident when a bus fell into a ravine in Qila Saifullah district.

    ABOVE & BELOW: Wreckage of the bus; and people carry away one of the victims of the tragedy. PHOTOS: AP

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