Five dead as 25 tourists swept away in Neelum Valley bridge collapse

13 May, 2018 7:48 pm

MUZAFFARABAD ( 92 News) – At least 25 tourists were swept away when a bridge collapsed in Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

Police officials said around 25 tourists stopped to take pictures on the bridge, located over the Jagran Nullah in Kundal Shahi area, when it collapsed as it could not withstand the pressure.

An operation is under way to rescue the tourists, with authorities having recovered five bodies and rescued at least six people up till now.

However, the extremely cold water of the stream and its strong current are hampering efforts to recover the persons.

Locals said the victims were likely students of two medical colleges from Lahore and Faisalabad who were touring the scenic valley.

Sources said the bridge could only withstand a maximum of four persons and had relevant warning signs for the purpose as well but the tourists still thronged the bridge. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider took notice of the incident and sought a report from the relevant officials.

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