New Delhi: At least nine people were killed and 34 others injured when a passenger bus met with an accident at Khodpe of Patan Municipality-8 in Baitadi along the Dashrath Chand Highway in Nepal around 10.30 pm on Thursday.Also Read - Nepal Bans Big Public Gatherings, Closes Schools Amid Surge In COVID Cases

The bus was en route to Mahendranagar from Ganna of Darchula district. It skidded off 600 meters from the road, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Narayan Prasad Adhikari. Also Read - Nepal To Make 'Vaccination Cards' Mendatory For Entry Into Public Places Amid Surge In COVID Cases

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Among the dead, seven are males and two are females. Eight bodies have been recovered from the site, according to the police.

DSP Adhikari said that seven passengers who have serious injuries were referred to Dhangadi for further treatment, and 27 others are undergoing treatment at Dadheldhura District Hospital. The bus owner, Birendra Karki, was driving the bus. He has also been injured.

The police and local people were involved in the rescue operation on Thursday night.

The police said that they are investigating the accident.