Friday, July 23, 2021

4 confirmed dead as two boats capsize in Bajaur dam, many still missing


BAJAUR: At least four people have died in a gore incident on Wednesday after two boats riding in Raghagan Dam capsized, ARY News reported citing teams engaged in rescue operations.

The rescue divers and disaster management teams have started the search operations that confirmed four deaths and have found four people in the harmed state. The injured have been shifted to DHQ Hospital, rescue sources said.

According to the details, a boat riding 20 people toppled over in response to which another boat went for its rescue and that too got knocked over.

So far only eight people have been recovered, while the search and rescue operations continue.

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Just last month section 144 was imposed on the Raghagan Dam due to the rising water levels. Wandering of people around the water reservoir, swimming and boating was banned by the Deputy Commissioner of the Bajaur district.

Despite the acknowledged threats of life loss, the boats were allowed in owing to negligence on part of relevant authorities.

The aggrieved families and relatives hold protests near the scene over criminal negligence played out by the people responsible.

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