A private bus, carrying as many as 40 passengers, mostly students, fell into Meenachil river at Kottayam in Southern Indian State Kerala on Tuesday afternoon at around 2.30. Ten people including a rescue worker are died in the accident. More casualties are feared. The rescue operations are still on with the help of Indian Navy. The bus hit an electric post and fell into the river. The incident happened at Thazhathangadi about 120 kms south from Cochin airport. According to initial reports efforts are being taken to pull out the bus from the deep river. The bus is completely submerged in the water. Fire force and police have rushed to the spot. 20 people have been rescued, and seven dead bodies recovered. Witnesses said the bus was carrying over 40 passengers and most of them were students who had boarded it from the tourist destination of Kumarakom. Police and fire brigade personnel reached the accident spot and three cranes were engaged in lifting the bus out of water. Rescue work was difficult as the bus fell into the river where the water is over 30 feet deep. The ill-fated bus was pulled out of the river after nearly four hours. The rescue operations gathered steam after two navy helicopters arrived from Kochi with experienced divers.