Selfies are today’s trending medium of photographs and the kind of way they are going viral on the Internet proves it all. A tragedy struck Sunday afternoon when 23 students from the medical colleges of Faisalabad and Multan lined up on the hanging bridge for a group selfie like the picture.
The archaic hanging wooden bridge, according to reports, cannot withstand the weight beyond four persons and it started crumbling. Sources said that 11 students were rescued within an hour after the accident. Some of the students clung to the boulders till the locals managed to rescue them. Most of them were either flown to Muzaffarabad or were treated locally at Athmuqam. Among the dead included a couple who had wedded recently.
On the other hand, the Pakistani army and the local civil society have resumed the rescue operation to locate the medical students whose bodies were taken by a torrent’s waves on Sunday. As of now, 6 bodies were recovered and the rest are still missing.
This happened at the dangling Jagran Nullah Bridge located close to Kundal Shahi town in Neelum Valley, on the other side of Gurez (Kupwara). The authorities already kept a warning for the people to avoid over-crowding the bridge but the students failed to pay attention to this. In general, tourists usually avoid taking it seriously, back then, on July 7, 2017, a tourist family from Rawalpindi also devoured almost in the same fashion.
Coming to the story, Jagran Nulla is a fast flowing torrent that is glacial fed and it eventually joins the Neelum rivulet. This river is the literal border between Gurez and Karnah, two parts of Kashmir. India and Pakistan have set up two major power stations on this river and the case went to arbitration to the United Nations.
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Authorities are now taking a serious look into the matter.