Pakistani authorities confirm 20 persons killed as bus plunges into ditch
Pakistani authorities have confirmed at least 20 people including 11 children killed after a minibus crashed into a deep and water-logged ditch in the southern region.
Pakistan has a significant high rate of road deaths, attributed to dilapidated highways and reckless driving.
A local police official, Khadim Hussain, confirmed on Friday that the bus “fell into a water-filled ditch on a road swept away by floods this summer” in Sindh province on Thursday.
Hussain explained that “The driver could not see the diversion sign on the road and so the van plunged into a 25-foot (eight-metre) deep ditch” near the town of Sehwan Sharif.
He noted that the children killed aged between two and eight years old, were likely sitting on their parents’ laps when the incident occurred, adding that 14 other persons sustained injuries.
Pakistan was hit by record monsoon rains this year, plunging a third of the country underwater, displacing eight million people, and battering its already crumbling infrastructure.
According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, over 27,000 people were killed on Pakistan’s roads in 2018.