GILGIT: A woman has died while 17 members of the same family are feared drowned after a van fell into the Indus River near Pani Bagh area of Dasu in Kohistan.
The van was reportedly traveling from Chilas to Rawalpindi.
According to Pamir Times’ Chilas-based senior correspondent, Shahabuddin Ghauri, all the 17 passengers were from the same family belonging to Thalpan, Chilas. The driver was reportedly a resident of Darel Valley, Diamer.
Kohistan Police has confirmed that the dead body of a woman was found on the bank of the Indus river at the site of the incident. The coaster along with other passengers is reportedly missing.
Local volunteers and rescue workers have located the drowned van in Indus River.
Talking to Pamir Times, a volunteer named Fayaz appealed to Kohistan administration to provide a crane in order to move the van outside the river and recover the bodies of the drowned passengers.