ZAIT (UPPER CHITRAL): Three people were killed when the makeshift bridge linking Kosht and Bumbagh collapsed as a vehicle carrying construction material was crossing it on Monday evening.
Reports identified the deceased as vehicle’s owner Fida Hussain, Vor Muhammad (driver), both residents of Zait, and former UC Kosht nazim Bulbul Khan.
The bridge at the site was washed away in the 2015 flood cutting off links to the Mulkhow valley from the rest of the area. Later, the army built a makeshift bridge which developed cracks after its wooden plunks got damaged.
On Monday afternoon, Fida Hussain, who had been given the contract to repair the bridge a few weeks ago, was supervising the reconstruction of the bridge by filling the gaps with crushed stones and soil.
When the Mazda of Mr Hussain loaded with soil and gravels reached the bridge, it could not bear the load and collapsed. As a result, the three people fell into the river along with the vehicle and were swept away.
The body of Fida Hussain was later recovered while search for the others was underway when this report was posted at about 8pm.
This is the third incident in which human lives were lost while crossing damaged bridges. A female student and her father died after falling from a dilapidated bridge in front of Saht village while three teenage girls fell to river from another damaged bridge in Rech valley of Torkhow within the last about a month.
Reporting: Munir Hussyn Fatemi