Trishuli Bus Plunge Claims 31

Oct 29:At least 31 people were killed and dozen others injured when a bus heading to Kathmandu from Saptari fell off the road and onto the Trishuli river in Dhading on Saturday morning. Annapurna Post says that the accident shows that Nepal lacks qualified deivers to take the wheels on long-distance buses. It says that until 10 years ago, a driver could only work for eight hour shifts. But now the rule has been ignored and long-distance drivers do not get adequate sleep.

Naya Patrika identifies nine reasons why highway accidents happen in Nepal. According to the paper, the state of the roads, lack of monitoring of vehicles, lack of qualified and experienced drivers, undue pressure from passengers, lack of timely maintenance, overcrowding and overspeeding are the main causes of road accidents like the one in Dhading, in Nepal.

Nagarik says recommendations made by probe committees in the pas have not been implemented. Kantipur quotes a passenger of the ill-fated bus to say that the driver was making the journey under the influence of alcohol.

Kantipur, Annapurna Post and The Himalayan Times have reports from Tilathi and Boriya, the villages most of the deceased lived in.

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