13 Chinese tourists killed as bus plunges into ravine in Laos

International Desk
20 August 2019, Tue
Published: 06:16

13 Chinese tourists killed as bus plunges into ravine in Laos

At least 13 Chinese tourists were killed and dozens injured when their bus skidded off the road and plunged 30 meters into a ravine in Laos, a police officer said Tuesday (Aug 20).

The bus was carrying more than 40 Chinese nationals heading towards the tourist town of Luang Prabang when the accident occurred late on Monday.

"At this moment, 13 bodies have been recovered . while two are still missing," police officer Xaiyaphon Chitavong told AFP, blaming brake failure for the accident.

Traffic accidents in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar are common, with safety regulations often flouted and law enforcement low.

The monsoon season from June to October also drenches rural roads with heavy rains creating slippery conditions.

Tourism to communist-run Laos has grown in recent years, and visitors from China increased by 13 percent in the first half of 2019 compared to the year before, (AFP)

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