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Sources said the accident occurred in the morning hours while the bus was on its way to Tiyuni in Uttrakhand. After receiving the information, the Sirmour Police team has launched rescue work, while the Shimla Police team is still on its way to the accident spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the families who had lost loved ones, and said he was "extremely anguished” by the accident.

Compensation of 200,000 rupees (USD3,100) would be awarded to the families of those killed, and 50,000 (USD770) for the injured, Mr. Modi added.

In February, 16 people were killed and more than 50 injured when a truck carrying churchgoers overturned in a hilly region of northeast India./.

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