Baku-APA. At least 15 people were killed and eight others went missing on Wednesday evening when a passenger van fell into a canal in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh, local media reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
According to local Urdu TV channel ARY News, the passenger vehicle carrying 23 people plunged into the Kair Thar canal in the Shikarpur district due to overspeed and brake failure.
Majority of the killed included women and children who drowned in the water after the van fell into the canal.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Azhar Shah confirmed the death of the 15 people, adding that the death toll could rise as at least eight people were still missing.
Initially, local people retrieved bodies of four women and two children from the canal before the rescue teams arrived at the site. Rescue workers were searching the missing people with the help of heavy machinery.
The ill-fated passenger van was heading towards Shikarpur district from Dadu city of the same province when the accident occurred.
All the dead bodies were shifted to civil hospital Shikarpur as rescue teams continued their efforts to recover more bodies.