India: Pilgrims swept away in floods during Durga Puja, killings

New Delhi: A total of 20 people were killed and 43 injured in a fire in a passenger bus and floods in India.

Hindu pilgrims were taking a dip in the Mal river of Jalpaiguri district of the Indian state of West Bengal in connection with Durga Puja and were performing the ritual of cooling the idol of the goddess, when a flood came in the river and swept the pilgrims away. .

During the rescue operations, 70 people were safely pulled out of the river, while 13 people were found unconscious and shifted to the hospital. 8 dead bodies have also been pulled out from the river, which were washed away by the flood.

Officials say that due to the continuous rains, a large barrage of water fell into the river, which caused flooding in the river. The rains will continue in this area for another 4 days.

Similarly, a fire broke out suddenly in a passenger bus in Maharashtra, in which 12 people were killed and 30 injured, two of whom were critically injured. The reason for the fire in the passenger bus could not be determined.

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