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21 Killed in Bus Crash in Western India


Authorities in the western Indian state of Maharashtra say a passenger bus has plunged into a ravine, killing 21 people and injuring 40 others.

The authorities say the accident happened in early afternoon Saturday near Vani town. They say the injured were transferred to local hospitals and that an investigation is under way.

The accident comes one day after 53 people were killed when an overcrowded bus plunged into a deep gorge in Indian Kashmir.

Also Saturday, in an unrelated development, a moderate earthquake struck near India's Andaman Islands.

The Hong Kong Observatory and the Indian Meteorological Department say the quake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale and was centered west of the islands.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AP.