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'17 dead' as bus skids off road

At least 17 people were killed when a bus slipped off a rain-drenched mountain road in north western Nepal.

Police said the bus skidded off the road near Rararihi village, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north west of the capital, Kathmandu.

The injured were taken to hospitals in nearby towns for treatment.

Police official Indra Bahadur Saud said t he gravel road was slippery from overnight rainfall, and visibility was poor because of fog.

Among those killed, 13 died on the spot, while four later died in hospital.

Twelve others were injured in the accident and taken to nearby hospitals, including five who were in a critical condition, Mr Saud said.

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