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Nepal search finds 47 dead after bus crashes into river

Nepalese authorities have found 47 bodies after a bus crashed into a river in the western region of the country, the BBC reports.

The bus veered off a mountain road in the Jajarkot region on Thursday when it swerved to avoid a tractor, plunging into the fast-flowing Bheri River about 400km west of the capital, Kathmandu.

Efforts to reach the bus and rescue survivors were hampered by the remote location and the strong current.

Ten people were able to swim to safety, and were later sent to the hospital.

Authorities are still trying to confirm the number of people who were on the bus, which set out with 45 passengers but picked up more along the way.

Rescuers took hours to get to the site, and divers had to plunge into freezing waters to locate the submerged bus.

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