MIANWALI: Six members of a family are feared dead after the car they were travelling in fell into a canal on Sunday.
Seven people were travelling in the ill-fated car when it plunged into Lower Branch Canal Piplan.
According to emergency rescue services, one person was rescued alive. A search operation is underway to trace the drowned people including three women, two children and a man.
The family was taking an ailing member back home from a hospital when their car tried to overtake another vehicle and fell into the canal.
The drowned people have been identified as Abdul Rauf, Shakeela, Tanzila, Dilshad, Abu Bakar, and Eman.
Earlier in August, four members of a family had drowned in the water of mountainous drain as they were trying to build embankment to store water for their fields near Gajoji village.
Ghulam Rasool, his two daughters and daughter-in-law were building an embankment when their tractor fell into seven-foot deep ditch.
Ghulam Rasool, Jind Wadi Bibi, 14, Basheeran Bibi, 16, and Latifan Bibi, 20, drowned. A rescue team fished out the bodies and handed over to the family.
The ill-fated family was returning home from Tehsil Headquarters Hospital when the mishap took place.