4 Dead, 19 Missing in Kashmir Bridge Collapse
The Associated Press reported via the New York Times that four workers constructing a bridge over the Himalayan river in Indian controlled Kashmir were killed Sunday when the bridge collapsed, an accident that also left 19 others missing and feared dead, police say.
B. Srinivas, a senior police official, said that rescuers were searching the banks of the river for bodies or more survivors.
The situation occurred outside of a town called Uri, which is located 62 miles west of Srinagar, the region's main city.The bridge is close to the de facto border between India and Pakistan, both of which claim the Himalayan region.
Some workers may have been carried down the river into Pakistan, Srinivas said. Pakistan's army has been asked to aid in rescue efforts.
Srinivas said the cause of the collapse was still unknown. Construction accidents happen often in India, where low-end materials are used and safety precautions are not often implemented.