By Athula Bandara and Upul Herath of Thalawa
Over 30 passengers have been hospitalized after a private bus plunged into the Jaya Ganga near Thalawa, Thammennawa Pirivena in Anuradhapura earlier this evening.
A spokesman from Thalawa Hospital said that out of the total number injured ten who are in serious conditions have been moved to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital. He added that among the injured are women and children and the condition of those being treated at Thalawa Hospital is not serious.
The private bus which was plying towards Hanguranketha Mahaweli Gammanaya had been carrying over forty passengers at the time of the accident through heavy downpour.
Although the villagers had to struggle in getting the injured out of the bus, the relatively low level of water in the river had prevented any loss of life according to an officer attached to the Thalawa police station. Investigations are being conducted by Thambuththegama police.