QUETTA - At least 22 people were killed and a 13-year old child injured when a passenger van fell into a deep ravine in Qilla Saifullah district of Balochistan on Wednesday.  Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Qasim Kakar confirmed the deadly road accident. While talking to reporters, he said that the ill-fated passenger van was on way to Zhob from Loralai district when it fell into a deep ravine at Akhtar Zai Adola, a hilltop near Zhob district.

As a result, at least 16 people died on the spot while six others succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. A critically injured child was shifted to Quetta for further treatment, officials said.

Five women and as many children were among 22 passengers who died in the road mishap, the DC said. Due to the remoteness of the area, the administration faced severe difficulties in the rescue operation. However, the local administration tried its best to complete the rescue operation successfully.

Emergency was imposed in the hospitals of Qilla Saifullah, and teams from Quetta have also been called in for the rescue operation.

DC Kakar said that almost all bodies were brought to District Headquarters Hospital from where they would be shifted to their native towns. “The district administration will provide free transport and a helpline was also established at Qilla Saifullah DHQ hospital for the relatives of the deceased persons.