At least 21 people have died in China on Tuesday when the bus on which they were suddenly plunged into a lake, according to authorities.
The drama took place around 12.00 in the city of Anshun, in the poorest province of Guizhou, said the provincial office in charge of emergency situations.
Students passing the baccalaureate chinese, which began Tuesday morning, aboard the bus, said the public television broadcaster CCTV, which cited witnesses.
She has published on the internet of the surveillance footage showing the vehicle deviate from its path and cross the direction of flow opposite to go over a safety barrier and plunging into a lake, situated below a small slope.
“According to the last balance sheet prepared as at 17: 30, 36 people have been out of the water. They include 21 people dead and 15 injured. The injured were taken to hospital to be treated there,” said the local authorities.
CCTV has posted photos of rescuers trying to extract the lake with the help of cable vehicle black and blue.
The fire brigade of Guizhou province were published on the social network Weibo a video showing divers to search for possible victims.
In total, 19 fire trucks, 21 dinghies and 97 rescuers have been mobilized, according to the chinese ministry of emergency Situations.
The authorities have not confirmed if the students were actually aboard the bus.
The reasons for the disaster were not clear in the immediate future.
At the end of 2018, an argument onboard a public bus travelling on a bridge in Chongqing had led to the fall of the vehicle in the Yangtze, the longest river of China, and the death of at least 13 people.