At least 36 people have been killed after a bus carrying dozens of Chinese tourists crashed in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on April 22.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed in a statement that 32 PRC nationals and four North Korean citizens were killed in the fatal accident, which took place in North Hwanghae province southeast of Pyongyang. Two other Chinese citizens are said to be in critical condition following the accident.
Diplomats — including those stationed at the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang — were dispatched to the scene to help carry out emergency efforts, the MFA added.
Exactly how the accident unfolded remains unclear, but footage on Chinese state television showed the bus flipped over with its wheels facing upwards.
Chinese citizens make up as much as 80 percent of the DPRK's foreign tourists each year.
More updates on this developing story as we receive them.