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Search operation for `drowned` children

By Our Correspondent 2022-05-17
KASUR: The search operation for four missing children feared drowned in the river Ravi continued for the second day on Monday.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) also sent equipment to help the rescue teams trace the bodies of the missing siblings.

Thirty rescuers and eight divers from the districts of Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Lahore and Sheikhupura are taking part in the operation.

On Sunday, eight members of a family fell into the river as their boat capsized near village Jag Da Chak close to Head Balloki in the limits of Mangatwala Police Station of the district Nankana Sahib, three kilometers from theboundary of district Kasur.

Four of them were rescued while three minor brothers and their sisters reportedly drowned.

Those who drowned belonged to the Phoolnagar area of Kasur and they were the children of Mumtaz Ahmed, a driver in a local factory in Phoolnagar. Nankana Sahib Deputy Commissioner Zahid Pervez Warraich and Rescue 1122 District Officer Muhammad Akram are monitoring the search operation.

According to the Punjab Emergency Service Department`s press release, over half a dozen camps had been installed at various spots along the Ravi while the special focus of the divers was on the portion of the river between the Head Balloki and the place of incident.