Neelum Valley is famous for its beauty and enchanting scenes. People from all across Pakistan as well as foreign tourists visit this beautiful place. Likewise a students’ trip to Neelum Valley was planned but who thought that this would end as their last trip together.
At least 11 students drowned while nine others are missing as they were swept away by gushing waters in Neelum valley following a bridge collapse, some 60 kilometres from Muzaffarabad on Sunday. The last moments were captured as a selfie in which the students were seen standing on the bridge. Around 28 tourists were taking pictures on the bridge, located over the Jagran stream in Kundal Shahi area, when it collapsed.
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Officials say between 20 to 25 people were standing on the bridge at the time of the collapse, who were swept way by strong current. Sources said the bridge could only withstand a maximum of four persons and had relevant warning signs for the purpose as well.
Police sources said the victims are likely students of two medical colleges from Lahore and Faisalabad who were touring the scenic Neelum valley. Rescue teams have recovered at least seven bodies from the water while search operation for the rest is under way. 11 injured tourists were shifted to a local hospital and later flown to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Muzaffarabad through army helicopters.
Tragic incident: At least five dead as over 20 tourists swept away in Neelum Valley bridge collapse. Operation under way to rescue the tourists. So far rescue team recovered five bodies and rescued at least six people pic.twitter.com/Qlprnb1ibW
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