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Rescue Operations Underway After Bridge Collapse in Neelum Valley

Rescue Operations Underway After Bridge Collapse in Neelum Valley

At least five students have died and twelve others are missing after a bridge collapsed at a tourist site in Pakistani Kashmir, officials have said, adding there was little hope of finding survivors.

Scores of visitors flock to Kashmir and its scene Neelum Valley during the summer season. 11 of the students were recovered injured immediately on the spot. The bridge collapsed due to overweight and the students fell into deep speedy water.

In a statement, he directed the authorities concerned to make utmost efforts in rescue operation. 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.

Raja Shahid Mahmood, an administrator in the scenic Neelum valley, says five students were rescued after the bridge collapsed Sunday, and that rescuers are looking for others.

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Police officials stated that 25 tourists tried to take clicks on a bridge, located over the Jagran Nullah in Kundal Shahi area.

Officials were quoted as saying that 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.

The Pakistan Army has also been roped in to assist in the operation.

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.