Bus falls into gorge in Poonch: At least twenty-three people lost their lives while several were injured after a bus fell into a gorge in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Poonch is 210 km from capital Srinagar. Reports said that the tragic incident took place when a minibus carrying passengers carrying around 35 passengers skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge in Mandi area. Rescue and search operations are underway. The injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital. The body of those killed in the tragic accident have been recovered, a senior official said. 

In a similar incident that was reported in October this year, twenty-one persons were killed and 15 injured when an overcrowded mini-bus fell into a 200-ft-deep gorge after its driver lost control over the vehicle on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district. This is a developing story. More details are awaited. 

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