VIJAYAWADA: Ten people were killed and 19 others harmed when their bus fell into a canal at Nayakangudem in Khammam area of Telangana in the wee today, police said.

The driver of the private bus was apparently driving the vehicle at a speed. He lost control over the wheels, subsequently the bus on its way to Kakinada from Hyderabad, fell into the canal under Kusumanchi mandal, police said.

Andhra Pradesh government announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 3 lakh each to the kin of the 10 deceased.

Some of the victims belonged to East Godavari and some were from West Godavari district of the Andhra Pradesh.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed grief over the accident and spoke to East Godavari district Collector Arun Kumar over phone to enquire about the incident.

The 19 injured persons were admitted to the Government General Hospital for treatment, Kumar said.

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