At least 11 tourists were killed and two injured after the vehicle they were traveling in skidded off a hilly road and fell into a ravine in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, authorities there said.
The incident happened in the beautiful Lalko valley, near Gabin Jabba in the Swat valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when the tourist van skidded and fell into a deep ravine, police said.
The 11 dead, identified as residents of Matta tehsil in the Swat valley, were on their way home from a field trip, rescue authorities said.
Meanwhile, the condition of the two injured people is considered critical and is being treated at a local hospital, they said.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mehmood Khan offered condolences to the bereaved families and called on the authorities to provide the best and quick medical facilities to the two injured.
The Swat Valley is known for its ravishing landscapes, with waterfalls and rugged granite cliffs a favorite destination for hikers and adventurers.
Deadly road accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and disregard for traffic laws, as well as poorly maintained vehicles.
Earlier this month, a passenger bus skidded off a mountain road and fell into a deep ravine due to heavy rains in southwestern Pakistan, killing 19 people and injuring 12 others.
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