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Nepal: 9 dead after bus plunges into ravine

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  • Bus plunged about 2,300 feet (700 meters) into a ravine
  • 17 people traveling on the bus in Baitadi district, west of Kathmandu
  • Old buses, poor roads and overcrowding cause frequent accidents in Nepal
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By Manesh Shrestha
For CNN
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Nine passengers were killed when a bus plunged about 2,300 feet (700 meters) into a ravine in Nepal on Sunday, police said.

Two others are missing and five are injured among the 17 traveling on the bus in Baitadi district, west of Kathmandu, police officer Binod Kharel said.

More details were not immediately available.

Old buses, poor roads and overcrowding cause frequent accidents in the mountains of Nepal.

Elsewhere, five family members were burnt to death Saturday in western Nepal while collecting firewood.

Police said the forest they were in suddenly caught fire. Of the five three were men and two women, one of whom was pregnant.

Fatalities in wildfires are rare in Nepal but it is experiencing an unusually long dry weather.

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