At least five students were killed and twelve others were reported missing on Sunday after a bridge collapsed at a tourist site in Pakistani Kashmir, officials said, adding there was little hope of finding survivors.
The bridge, which overlooked a ravine in mountainous Neelum district, collapsed after around three dozen university students walked across it to view a waterfall.
"We have recovered four bodies of boys and one of a girl. Twelve others are still missing and we don't have any hope about them (surviving) because the water is very cold", said Chaudhary Imtiaz, a senior government official in Kashmir's capital Muzaffarabad.
Local police official Saleem Durrani confirmed the toll and said that the authorities had posted a warning near the bridge, telling visitors to walk across it in small numbers because it was only designed to accommodate five people at a time.
"The bridge collapsed because around 40 people climbed it... at the same time," Durrani said.
The scenic c region is a popular tourist destination but lacks infrastructure.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, but both claim the territory in full.