“According to updated information, 19 people died, 21 have various injuries,” the local government for the Zabaikalsk region said in a statement.

Russia’s emergencies ministry said in a statement on its website that the bus, travelling from the town of Sretensk to the city of Chita, 3,930 miles east of Moscow, fell from a bridge into the Kuenga river at around 09.38 Moscow time.

It said about 43 passengers and a driver were on the bus.

A police spokeswoman told Russia-24 TV that the cause of the accident was being investigated