Rains likely to hamper rescue efforts for Neelum tragedy victims

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The rescue operation for the Neelum Valley victims is feared to be affected due to intermittent rains.

On Sunday, a bus carrying at least 40 tourists fell into River Neelum as the Kundal Shahi bridge collapsed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. So far, rescue workers have fished out seven bodies.

Police, army and navy personnel, and residents have participated in the rescue operations.

The administration blocked the flow of water into the Jagran and Kundal Shahi hydel power projects in Neelum Valley Tuesday as rescue efforts entered the third day.

Neelum Valley is a popular tourist spot, especially in summers. A large number of people from in and outside of Pakistan head to the destination spot because of its cool weather and scenic beauty.

The Kundal Shahi bridge was built eight years ago. The Azad Kashmir government has announced a three-day mourning period in light of the tragedy. Youm-e-Neelum activities have been postponed out of respect for the tourists who had drowned.

A picture went viral on social media showing the tourist group posing for a picture minutes before the bridge collapsed. The fake news was nipped in the bud when it was found that the picture featured members of a tourist group from a month ago who had posed for a picture on the bridge.

Story first published: 15th May 2018

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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