Five students dead, 12 missing after Pakistan bridge collapses

Pakistan: 20 tourists swept away in Neelum Valley bridge collapse

Pakistan: 20 tourists swept away in Neelum Valley bridge collapse

The temporarily erected hanging bridge could not withstand the load of people standing on it and came down, tumbling the visitors down in the stream, the daily said.

Police said that the victims were students of different medical and private colleges of Lahore and Faisalabad who were touring the scenic Neelum valley from the country's eastern Punjab province.

"Six bodies of the tourists have been recovered from the water channel while a search for the six missing persons is still underway", Commissioner Muzaffarabad Imtiaz Ahmed told the media. The bridge collapsed due to overweight and the students fell into deep speedy water.

However, tourists ignored the warning signs and bridge collapsed resulting in five deaths.

The district officials said that rescue work had been extended to recover the rest of the missing students from the nullah.

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.

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

Azad Jammu and Kashmir is said to be one of the most handsome tourist spots of the world.

The Pakistan Army is assisting in the rescue and search operation.

The PM has also directed the deputy commissioner to speed up rescue efforts and to ensure that no negligence is tolerated.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed grief and sorrow over the incident in Neelum Valley and directed the authorities concerned to make utmost efforts in rescue operation.

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