The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) has expressed its condolences after at least 30 people, including 27 children, died when a school bus plunged into a ravine in the Himalayan foothills.
The bus veered off a mountain road near Nurpur in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday 9th April.
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, CBCI secretary general, described it as a “very sad day for us”.
Noting that many of the children were below the age of 10, Bishop Mascarenhas expressed his concerns about the disregard of road safety norms in the country.
Speaking to Vatican News, he said he hoped the government would address the issue and ensure children were safe.
Expressing the bishops’ condolences to the families, Bishop Mascarenhas prayed that God would “receive these children in his arms”.
Picture: People gather at the site of the traffic accident in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India.