6 family members die as vehicle plunges into river Neelum at PoK
At least six family members died on Saturday and two children were injured after their vehicle plunged into the Neelum River in the Pakistani Kashmir (PoK) city of Muzaffarabad, officials said.
Dawn reported that the group of eight – all of whom belonged to Narowal – were heading towards the upper belt of the scenic valley.
However, shortly before the village of Jura Bandi, some 65 kilometers northeast of Muzaffarabad, they had an accident, said Akhtar Ayub, the district’s disaster management officer.
Ayub said the area where the vehicle fell into the river was not in bad enough condition to have caused such an accident. He cited an eyewitness as saying that one of the tires had burst causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, causing it to fall into the river.
The official said the two children were thrown from the car as soon as it veered off course.
Ayub said residents immediately took the injured children to a nearby military health facility in critical condition. However, the others could not survive because of their injuries and the icy water, he added.
The publication further reported that rescuers removed the vehicle from the river and discovered four bodies. They have been identified as Nadir Kamran, his brother Azam Rizwan, his wife Madiha Noor and his mother Parveen Akhtar.
Rizwan’s wife, Ayesha, and Kamran’s three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Anaya, were still missing and, according to local authorities, they were presumed dead.
The bodies and injured children were then transferred to the Muzaffarabad Combined Military Hospital in the evening.
Dawn reported citing Kamran’s brother-in-law, Azeem Sabir, that Kamran had a private job in Gawalmandi, Lahore, while his family lived in Narowal. He confirmed that there were five adults and three children in the vehicle.
Expressing sorrow over the incident, POK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider urged tourists to make sure their vehicles are in top condition before setting off on the trip.
“Following today’s tragic accident in Neelum, I once again urge all tourists not to leave on a trip until they have had their vehicles fully examined. And when you’re driving in hilly areas, focus on the track rather than the environment, because your lives are far more precious than anything else, ”he said.
(With entries from ANI)
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