- Thambalanu HS School students went on an annual study tour to Khoupum in Noney district
- Two buses were booked for the tour
- One bus overturned, killing 5 students
Imphal, Manipur: In a tragic incident, five students died when a school bus overturned in the Noney district of Manipur on Wednesday. Apart from them, 20 other students are also severely injured. The accident took place on Old Cachar Road near the Longsai area of the hill district, about 55 km from the state capital Imphal.
According to information, the students of Thambalanu Higher Secondary School went on an annual school study tour to Khoupum in Noney district in two buses. The bus in which the girl students were traveling overturned after the driver lost control.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh also expressed his grievance on the matter and tweeted about the same. In his tweet, he wrote, “Deeply saddened to hear about the accident of a bus carrying school children at the Old Cachar Road today. SDRF, Medical team and MLAs have rushed to the site to coordinate the rescue operation. Praying for the safety of everyone in the bus.”
However, some reports claimed that both the school buses met with an accident. The death of at least 15 students is also being claimed in the accident. Many students have been seriously injured. The final number of casualties is yet to come out. The bus belonged to the Thambalanu Higher Secondary School in Yaripok. It was going on tour towards Khoupum when the accident occurred.