Indonesia: At least 25 dead after bus plunges into ravine
25 December 2019 | 8:19 am
Thirteen people have also been injured, according to local police. The accident occurred shortly before midnight local time in South Sumatra province.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged financial assistance to the victims of the deadly earthquake. During the visit to area, he also urged rescuers to focus on people still trapped under the rubble.
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