7 feared dead after vehicle plunges into Amu River
FAIZABAD/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): At least seven people drowned in the Amu River after the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into the river in northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Thursday.
The accident took place in Wakhan district late on Wednesday, the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Naveed Frotan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The missing persons included men, women and children and a search to find their bodies was underway, he said.
A resident of the area, Noor Mohammad, who joined the search effort, said so far only one dead of a man could be fished out near the Tajikistan border. He said border police were cooperating with the search effort.
The level of water in Amu River rose by seven meters after snow on the Pamir Mountains started melting in Badakhshan.
Earlier this solar year, three people were killed in a similar incident on the Kasham-Tishkan highway.
Separately, four people, including a woman, were injured in a road mishap in northern Faryab province.
The collision between two cars occurred in front of the central jail in Maimana, the provincial capital, police spokesman Syed Massoud Yaqubi said. One of the injured persons was said to be in critical condition, he added.
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