"The driver seems to have lost control and the bus broke through a protective railing, plunging it into the canal," the police official said.
 
"Forty-four bodies have been fished out of the canal so far," police officer M S Bhabhor, who was supervising emergency operations at the accident site, said.
 
The Press Trust of India news agency said rescuers fished four children from the water alive after the accident.