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5 tourists dead, several missing as bridge collapses in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir

5 tourists dead, several missing as bridge collapses in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir

At least six people drowned in Neelum Valley of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Sunday after a footbridge collapsed over a water channel, Dawn reported.

The locals said that the victims were likely students of two medical colleges from Lahore and Faisalabad who were touring the valley. After hectic efforts, some four bodies were recovered from the river and eight injured students were rushed to the District Hospital Athmuqam whereas 14 more students were missing. The bridge which was located over the Jagran Nullah in Kundal Shahi area, collapsed as it could not withstand the pressure. He said the missing tourists, mostly young students, were among those who were standing on the footbridge to take pictures when it collapsed.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) spokesperson, a total of six dead bodies have been recovered with 11 injured.

He added that the bridge was in poor condition and there was a sign warning tourists not to use it.

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Sources said the bridge could only withstand a maximum of four persons and had relevant warning signs for the goal as well but the tourists still thronged the bridge.

Personnel of the Pakistan Army are assisting the operation.

INP adds: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the bridge collapse incident in the Neelum Valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the deputy commissioner to speed up rescue operations and ensure action against anyone responsible for the negligence.