6 dead in bridge collapse in Kashmir, Pakistan

25 students feared dead after bridge collapse in Neelum valley

At least 20 tourists were swept away when a bridge collapsed in Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, according to the police.

At least seven medical students drowned and nine others were missing as a wooden bridge on a river in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir collapsed while the students were taking pictures on it.

Police said five bodies have been recovered as of now and efforts are on to rescue the missing tourists.

The temporarily erected hanging bridge could not withstand the load of people standing on it and collapsed.

The Kundal Shahi bridge over the bourn of Jagiran in Neelam valley collapsed as it could not withstand the pressure due to overweight. Officials have stated that the death toll may soar as operation continued.

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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.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed grief and sorrow over the incident in Neelum Valley.

Expressing grief over the loss of innocent lives, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed all possible assistance to civil administration for relief and rescue operations, said a media release by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

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

Army troops along with doctors and paramedics also reached the incident site.

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