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    The bus carrying 43 Chinese tourists, a Chinese tour assistant and two Lao residents, the driver and a tour guide, crashed on the way between the capital Vientiane and the northern city of Luang Prabang on Monday afternoon.

    At least 13 have been killed and dozens injured after a bus carrying Chinese tourists skidded off the road and fell into a 30-metre-deep ravine in Laos, according to the police.

    Police officer Xaiyaphon Chitavong has told AFP that a brake failure could have been the cause of the accident.

    "At this moment, 13 bodies have been recovered... while two are still missing", the officer said as quoted by AFP.

    ​Some 31 people are currently receiving medical assistance.

    ​From June to October is the monsoon season in Laos with heavy rain showers creating slippery conditions on rural roads.


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