Several people went missing after a boat sank in the Indus River in Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab while 19 bodies were recovered.
Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan Syed Musa Raza said that the boat overturned in the Indus River in the limits of Machka Police Station, 65 km from Rahim Yar Khan, with 100 people including women and children on board.
He said that 100 people were on board the boat and 19 bodies have been recovered so far.
According to local people, the people belonging to the Solangi tribe were returning after attending a wedding ceremony in Rajanpur when the accident happened to them and according to initial reports, the boat was overcrowded.
Rescue 1122 said that an officer from the Machka police station called them and informed them that a boat carrying 50 to 70 passengers had capsized in the river.
Rescue 1122 teams reached the spot with an ambulance, water rescue van and 30 rescue personnel.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan Syed Musa Raza said that 35 people have been evacuated and the bodies of 9 dead women have also been evacuated while the search for other missing passengers is on.
It should be noted that due to the monsoon rains, the flow of water in the Indus River has started to increase, but the local people driving the boats do not take safety measures to the passengers during the journey and do not wear life jackets.
According to reports, local boat operators do not take into account the number of passengers before anchoring the boat due to which many precious lives are lost.