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28 drown as tempo plunges into lake

Mysore: Atleast 28 persons, including 24 women and four children, drowned when the tempo in which they were travelling skidded off the road and plunged into a lake near Mandakalli airport here this evening, police said.

The mishap occurred when a 34-member group from Paduvarahalli village on the outskirts of the city was returning home after attending a marriage in a nearby village at Nanjangud.

The driver lost control of the tempo while trying to avoid a pothole and the vehicle rolled into the lake, the police said.

Authorities engaged boats and swimmers and fished out 28 bodies. Search is on for another person suspected to have drowned, they said, adding, five persons were rescued and admitted to hospital.

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