4 dead, over dozen missing as bridge collapses in Neelum Valley

Locals seen during rescue efforts- Geo News

More than 25 tourists were swept away and at least five of them declared dead after a bridge collapsed in Neelam valley of Azad Kashmir on Sunday.

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

Javed Ayub, a senior tourism department official in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, said 14 students were rescued after the bridge collapsed and that civil and military rescue teams were searching for 11 others.

Three bodies retrieved by the rescuers have been identified as Shahzeb, Abdur Rehman and Muhammad Zubai, all students of college in Faisalabad.

An operation is underway to rescue the tourists, with authorities having rescued at least four people up till now.

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Personnel of the Pakistan Army are assisting the operation.

He said some students from a college in Lahore were also among those who fell into the river.

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

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the deputy commissioner to speed up rescue efforts and ensure anyone responsible for negligence is brought to book.

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