RxPG News XML Feed for RxPG News   Add RxPG News Headlines to My Yahoo!  

Medical Research Health Special Topics World
 Latest Research 
 Clinical Trials
 Infectious Diseases
 Public Health
 Alternative Medicine
 Sports Medicine
 Medical News 
 Awards & Prizes
 Special Topics 
 Odd Medical News
  India Business
  India Culture
  India Diaspora
  India Education
  India Entertainment
  India Features
  India Lifestyle
  India Politics
  India Sci-Tech
  India Sports
  India Travel
 Reservation Issue
 Overseas Indian Doctor

Last Updated: May 17, 2007 - 8:46:52 AM
News Report
India Diaspora Channel

subscribe to India Diaspora newsletter
India Diaspora

   EMAIL   |   PRINT
Holi homecoming turns tragic for Nepal's Indians
Feb 28, 2007 - 11:26:13 AM
The US government in its travel advisory has warned its citizens of the dangers of travelling Nepal by road, especially in night buses, asking them to avoid such journeys.

Article options
 Email to a Friend
 Printer friendly version
 India Diaspora channel RSS
 More India Diaspora news
[RxPG] Kathmandu, Feb 28 - The festival of Holi, played with colours to welcome the arrival of spring after winter, turned into grim tragedy for Indian families living across the border in Nepal with at least seven dying in a bus accident and several more admitted to hospital.

A long-distance night bus heading for the border town of Birgunj from Kathmandu Monday night slipped off the road in Chitwan district in southern Nepal early Tuesday and plunged into a river, killing 15 passengers.

The accident occurred in Dahakikhola village when the bus owned by Deshbhakta Travels agency fell off the Prithvi highway into the Trishuli river nearly 150m below.

'A deranged woman appeared in the middle of the road and as the bus swerved to avoid hitting her, it toppled below,' Ishwor Rai, a passenger who had survived the crash, said.

There were nearly 50 passengers, with a large number of Indians from Bihar district, who have been living and working in Nepal and were going home to celebrate Holi.

Thirteen people died on the spot while two more succumbed to their injuries while being given medical treatment. A large number of Indians were also among the 31 passengers who had survived with injuries.

Working mostly as labourers and in other low-paid jobs, the victims come from economically disadvantaged sections.

Forty-year-old Rajendra Prasad Yadav of Champaran in India's Bihar state was the one of the first victims to be identified. He died while undergoing treatment in Chitwan.

The other six are Jayaram Sharma, 23, of Amarpur, Tipu Sharma, 24, from Bhagalpur, Jawahar Sharma, also from Bhagalpur, Manohar Sharma, 35, from Bhagalpur, and Ekbal Chamar, 30, from Sikta.

At least nine more Indians from Bihar were receiving medical treatment in Chitwan, Nepal's official media said Wednesday.

This is the worst road accident to have occurred in Nepal this year.

Bad roads, old vehicles, overloading and overworked drivers are the usual reasons for the high incidence of accidents in Nepal.

The US government in its travel advisory has warned its citizens of the dangers of travelling Nepal by road, especially in night buses, asking them to avoid such journeys.

However, though Indians form the bulk of foreign nationals travelling in Nepal on long-distance buses, the Indian government has no policy of issuing travel advisories and warning its citizens of the incumbent perils.

Related India Diaspora News
NRIs can gift cars online, no extra charge for blessings!
Jalandhar man to make history in Britain
On an Indian medical genius, now almost forgotten
IIT alumnus takes software to battlefront and beyond
Crisis group set up to deal with Uganda-like situation
Air crash: Ministry in touch with Indian mission in Nairobi
India, UAE to discuss welfare of Indian workers
Discussing gender, sexuality through a film festival
Indian American boy gets liver, kidney in rare surgery
NRI boy gets liver, kidney in rare surgery

Subscribe to India Diaspora Newsletter
E-mail Address:

For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

© All rights reserved 2004 onwards by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited
Contact Us