Tourist Students Drowned Into Jagran Ravine In Neelum

Tourist Students Drowned Into Jagran Ravine In Neelum

Tourist Students Drowned Into Jagran Ravine In Neelum

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.

He said the hanging wooden bridge was designed for locals to use in small numbers.

The death toll in the Neelum valley bridge collapse reached 12 on Monday with six tourists still missing, confirmed an official on Monday.

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Police sources said the victims are likely students of two medical colleges from Lahore and Faisalabad who were touring the scenic Neelum valley.

The Neelum valley deputy commissioner said that around 40 tourists stopped to take pictures on the bridge, located in the Nala Jagran area of the valley, when it collapsed as it could not withstand the pressure due to overweight. The bridge-which collapsed-had only capacity to withstand weight of up to 5 persons.

A local police official confirmed the toll and said that the authorities had posted a warning near the bridge, telling visitors to walk across it in small numbers because it was only created to accommodate five people at a time.

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Three dead bodies have been recovered so far.

The Neelum Valley is a popular tourist destination in the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir.

Expressing grief over the loss of innocent lives, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed all possible assistance to civil administration for relief and rescue operations, said a media release by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

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In a message, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed sympathy and regret over the incident.

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