Death toll from bus accident in Indonesia rises to 35

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The death toll from a bus accident in Indonesia's South Sumatra province on Monday rose to 35 on Thursday after rescuers retrieved seven more bodies, and the search for six other missing persons is still underway, according to an official of a search and rescue office.

All the bodies and the 13 wounded persons have been sent to nearby Basemah Hospital in the province's district of Pagaralam, said Yusuf Latief, head of the National Search and Rescue Office's Communications for Media Section.

Latief further said the search for the missing will continues and focus on the downstream of the river.

Meanwhile, senior official of the Disaster Management Agency in the district Hadie Wijaya said the passenger bus carrying 54 people plunged into a river in a steep ravine in the district's village of Perahu Dipo Monday night.

Wijaya said the ravine is 80 meters deep.

"Our personnel are combing the areas around the river's downstream as far as about six km," he told Xinhua by phone.

The search mission involves about 60 personnel from the search and rescue office, he said.

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