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Seven students killed, 9 missing as bridge collapses in PoK

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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

Around 25 students, in their early 20s, from two private colleges in and Lahore, were taking pictures on the bridge in when it collapsed, officials were quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.

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.

Rescue teams have recovered at least seven bodies from the water while for the rest is under way.

The injured students were shifted to a local hospital and later flown to (CMH) through army helicopters.

The students were on a college trip.

The Army is assisting in the rescue and However, the extremely cold water of the stream and its strong current are hampering efforts to recover the persons, the officials said, adding that there was little hope of finding survivors.

Officials were quoted as saying that the bridge could only withstand a maximum of four persons and had relevant warning signs for the purpose as well but the tourists still thronged the bridge.

has directed the to speed up rescue efforts and ensure anyone responsible for negligence is brought to book.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 20:20 IST