MANSEHRA: Two tourists drowned and another two sustained critical injures when a vehicle plunged into Kunhar River in Bangian Kuss area of Balakot on Saturday.

The vehicle on way to Rawalpindi from Kaghan valley went out of the driver’s control while negotiating a turn on Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad Road and fell into the river. Two people downed and two others sustained injuries.

The locals rushed to the scene and shifted the injured, Faheem Shaikh and Saleem Shaikh, both residents of Rawalpindi, to the civil hospital in Balakot, wherefrom doctors referred them to Ayub Medical Complex Hospital in Abbottabad.

The local divers fished out the bodies of Abdul Qayyum and Haris and shifted them to hospital.

According to doctors, bodies of the diseased were dispatched to their native Chakwal district of Punjab on completion of medico-legal formalities.

Meanwhile, two sisters were killed when heavy boulders detached from nearby mountains rolled down on their house in Kanda village of Lower Kohistan district.

The locals rushed to the scene and retrieved the bodies from the house which caved in. Five other members of the family escaped unhurt miraculously.

Published in Dawn, September 22nd, 2019