India

Kashmir bus plunge kills 20

At least 20 people were killed when their bus plunged into a river in Indian-administered Kashmir early on Friday, police say.

The bus was rounding a curve on a road in Doda, some 300km (186 miles) south-west of the summer capital, Srinagar, when the incident happened.

Most of the dead were men and women who were travelling to job interviews.

India has a terrible road safety record, with more than 100,000 people dying every year in crashes.

Most are blamed on reckless driving and ageing vehicles.

Eyewitness Abdul Mannan said the driver of the bus "lost control while negotiating a sharp curve and rolled down into a river".

The dead included five women.

Local people said most of the passengers bled to death because of the lack of proper trauma care facilities in the local hospital.

On Wednesday, 23 members of a wedding party were killed in a traffic accident in Uttar Pradesh in northern India. Their bus was in a head-on collision with a lorry.