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Death toll in Poonch accident rises to 16, five airlifted to GMC Jammu

LG visits DH Poonch to inquire health of injured civilians

POONCH: The death toll in the Poonch accident mounted to 12 as three among the 30 injured persons succumbed to their wounds on Wednesday, officials said.

The officials said five injured have been airlifted to GMC Jammu from district hospital Poonch.

As reported earlier, the accident occurred near Barari Ballah Sawjian when the driver of a minibus bus (JK12-1419) apparently lost control over it and the fell skidded off the road and rolled several hundred meters into the gorge.

Soon after the accident, locals, police and the army rushed to the spot and launched a massive rescue operation. Nine people died on the site or on the way to the hospital, a police official told GNS. Later three among those critically injured died at the hospital. The official added that five seriously wounded among the 27 other injured people have been airlifted to GMC Jammu for advanced treatment.

Among the deceased include Maroof Ahmad (14), Bashir Ahmad (40), Rozsia Akhtar (18), Zarina Begum (40), Mohammad Hassan (65), Nazima Akhtar (20), Imran Ahmad (5), Abdul Karim (70) and Abdul Qayoom (40), all locals.

Meanwhile, LG J&K Manoj Sinha visited the District Hospital Poonch to inquire about the health of civilians who were injured in a tragic road accident today. LG Sinha met the relatives & doctors treating the injured. 6 seriously injured have been airlifted to Jammu for treatment. “Rs. 1 Lakh would be given to those seriously injured”, LG Sinha said.


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