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25 students feared dead after bridge collapse in Neelum valley

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    22 tourists missing as bridge collapses in Neelum Valley
    By Mamir
    Published: May 13, 2018
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    MUZAFFARABAD: Some 60 kilometres away from Muzaffarabad, a college trip came to an unfortunate end as at least 22 people were swept away by fast flowing water in the Jagran Nullah.

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    At least 35 members of the group were crossing the Kundal Shahi bridge in Neelum Valley when it collapsed early Sunday Morning. Rescue teams have recovered at least five bodies from the water while search operation for the rest is under way. 11 injured tourists have been moved to local hospital for medical treatment.

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    Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan also reached the scene to personally supervise the rescue operation. He directed the deputy commissioner of the district to accelerate the search. A control room has been set up in Muzaffarabad to monitor the situation.

    This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
     
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    25 students feared dead after bridge collapse in Neelum valley
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    Twenty five students of Lahore Medical and Dental College are feared dead in a suspension bridge collapse incident in Neelum valley today.



    According to Radio Pakistan, the police officials said the incident occurred when the students on visit to the valley were crossing the bridge at Kundal Shahi area.

    Three dead bodies have been recovered so far.
     
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    Oh dear..! :cry:
     
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    Oh very sad incident. RIP to departed soul.
     
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    4 people drown as footbridge collapses in Neelum Valley, 11 still missing: officials
    Tariq NaqashMay 13, 2018
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    Police on Sunday confirmed that four people have drowned following the collapse of a footbridge over an icy water channel in Neelum Valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) while at least 11 others are still missing.

    The 11 missing tourists, mostly young students, were among those who were standing on the footbridge when it collapsed on Sunday.

    “Though we are yet to confirm an exact figure, it is believed that between 20 to 25 persons were standing on the footbridge when it crumbled,” said Mirza Zahid Hussain, the superintendent of police in Neelum Valley.

    “The violent current immediately swept away the victims; so far, four bodies have been recovered,” he added.

    The SP said that the figures could vary as teams were collecting the details of all tourists that had entered or left the area from the relevant check posts.

    An official at a control room in Muzaffarabad said that three of the deceased had been identified as Shahzeb, Abdul Rehman and Nadeem, adding that it was yet to be confirmed which city they belonged to.

    He said eight students — identified as Anam, Alina, Waleed, Sajid, Hamza, Rashid, Zubair (all residents of Faisalabad) and Iqra Mazhar (resident of Multan) — were rescued and had been admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital Athmuqam where their condition was said to be stable.

    The tragedy occurred when the tourists, many of whom said to be the students from Faisalabad and Multan, were picnicking along the gushing Jagran Nullah near the town of Kundal Shahi, a town located some 75 kilometres northeast of Muzaffarabad.

    Neelum valley is one of the most attractive tourist locations in the AJK, which draws hundreds of thousands of tourists from across the country, particularly in the scorching summers.

    The area is, however, prohibited to foreign tourists because of its proximity to the heavily militarised Line of Control, the de facto border that splits the disputed Himalayan region between the nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan.

    Raja Mubasher Ejaz, a leader of the PPP, was among those who witnessed the footbridge's collapse, apparently because of the load of people standing on it.

    “The students were enjoying the view of the emerald green water and taking selfies when suddenly it collapsed, sweeping them away,” he told Dawn.com.

    The Jagran Nullah merges into Neelum River some 4 kilometres ahead of the site of the incident.

    Ejaz said four of the tourists who clung to the wooden bars of the collapsed bridge were immediately rescued by the locals at the site while the other four were recovered after a little while from a distance.

    According to SP Hussain, there is a warning board along the wooden bridge about its maximum load capacity which the tourists ignored. However, many people on social media criticised the authorities over a lack of proper guidance to the tourists.

    “The government has been squandering millions on unnecessary constructions but unfortunately, it cannot spare funds for projects, such as this bridge, involving safety and security of precious human lives,” wrote Faisal Jamil Kashmiri, a civil society activist, on his wall.

    On July 7 last year, a tourist family from Rawalpindi was struck by a dreadful tragedy after three of its young members were swept away by the same violent stream, almost around the same spot.
     
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    i studied from lmdc ,sources confirming me;they arent from lmdc, but might be one of our coasters took them for the tour..still not sure.
     
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    Tragic, Allah have mercy on them. The bridges in the region can be dangerous.