QUETTA, Pakistan — A bus slipped off a mountain road and fell into a deep ravine in heavy rain in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 19 people and injuring 12 others, a government official said.
Mahtab Shah, deputy administrator of Shirani district in Baluchistan province, said around 35 passengers were traveling on the bus. He said rescuers were looking for survivors in the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle and its surroundings.
Shah said the bus apparently slid on the wet road amid heavy rain and the driver lost control of the vehicle, which fell about 200 feet (61 meters) into the ravine.
Fatal road accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and disregard of traffic laws, as well as poorly maintained vehicles. Last month, 22 people were killed in a similar accident when a bus fell into a ravine in Qila Saifullah district.