A bus carrying around 45 tourists fell into a ravine on Wednesday killing at least 33 people near the tourist-cum-entertainment resort, Genting Highlands, in Malaysia.

The accident occurred around 3 pm had the bus fall down a 30-metre (100 feet) ravine near the Kuala Lumpur resort.

Rescue operations are now underway. Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Azizan Ismail said, "Based on our initial observation, we believed the remaining 32 people who are still in the wreckage, are dead and we are working hard to recover their bodies," reported News Strait Times.

Due to poor accessibility of the area, cranes are being used to lift out the bodies from the accident site.

The accident-prone stretch between the Genting-Kuala Lumpur road is known for its steep and fatal winding turns.

Star Online reported that the driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a divider which eventually had the bus falling into the gorge.

Bentong OCPD Superintendent Mansor Mohd Noor told the news agency, "I can confirm that there were passengers on the bus but how many there were I don't know yet."

Agence France Presses confirmed that 20 people have been confirmed dead and rescue operations are still going on to retrieve those trapped in the bus.

More details are awaited.