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Accident: Of the nine injured in a bus accident in India, three women are undergoing treatment at the Punjab Graduate Institute hospital in Chandigarh.

A bus carrying 45 Bhutanese pilgrims veered off the road at Swarghat, Himachal Pradesh when they were returning from Tsho Pema and Manikaran to Delhi.

Two women from Drujeygang, Dagana aged 66 and 37, suffered major fractures on their jaw bones and will soon undergo surgeries.

Another 57-year-old woman suffered internal bleeding in the stomach but doctors said the injury is not serious.  She is likely to be discharged today.

Six other patients are expected to be discharged today after being kept for 24 hours in the hospital under observation.

At the command of His Majesty The King two officials from the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi travelled to Swarghat and then on to Chandigrah to coordinate the relief efforts.

The rest of the passengers of the bus were travelling to Delhi as of last night where embassy officials were waiting with food and to provide lodging.

Local media reported that the bus after going off the Chandigarh-Manali national highway rolled twice and then came to a halt upon hitting a tree. There were no fatalities.

Local authorities promptly dispatched the seriously injured to the PGI hospital in Chandigrah and those with minor injuries to a nearby hospital in Nalagrah.

“The passengers and the officials here are overwhelmed with the prompt assistance and support from the authorities and private individuals,” an embassy official, Cheju said.

A Bhutanese doctor undergoing his Master’s degree also assisted in the relief effort.

The local authorities including Swarghat Sub Divisional Magistrate office and the police helped in taking care of the passengers.

“The authorities here make frequent calls offering all kinds of help thanks to the good relations between our countries,” Cheku said.

Embassy officials in New Delhi said that passengers will return in a bus from New Delhi to Phuentsholing.

Five individuals have died in accidents while on pilgrimage to holy places in India, this year.

Tshering Palden

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