Several deaths feared as vehicle falls into river Chenab


JAMMU — Several people are feared dead after a Tavera vehicle on its way from Srinagar to Jammu rolled down over 500 feet into fast-flowing River Chenab in Ramban district, official sources said on Thursday evening.

They said that the vehicle met with an accident near Cafeteria Mohre and rolled down 500 metres into the Chenab.

Amid unabated heavy rains, police, quick response team and people have launched a rescue operation, they said. A senior officer of the administration said that the army’s help has also been sought.

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“Nothing can be said as regards the deaths as rescue operation has been started,” he said.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma said that a massive rescue operation has been launched. “I’m collecting details from the respective deputy commissioner,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Ramban, Nazim Zia Khan said that the vehicle is about 25-30 meters deep inside Chenab. “We are trying our best to trace the vehicle and it seems unlikely that there would be any survivors,” he said.

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